According to the latest news, Softbank has agreed to sell arm to NV.
Softbank group will sell arm to NVIDIA, with a transaction value of up to $40 billion, the source said.
Goldman initially approached apple, but the latter was not interested in buying arm. The bank then tried to form a consortium, including Qualcomm, Google, Samsung and NV, all of which will take a stake in arm. In the end, however, NV became the only interested buyer.
It is reported that sun Zhengyi, founder of Softbank, hopes to sell arm for $40 billion, which is far more than the $32 billion acquisition cost paid in 2016. Although this figure represents only a small profit, the rate of return is not high compared with the performance of other listed chip companies and technology companies in the past four years.
Some industry people said that arm sold to NV, in the long run, arm will be weakened. Arm's customers are NV competitors and may refuse to license chip designs to their competitors.