After NVIDIA announced that it would buy arm Ltd, a British chip maker, from Softbank for $40 billion, some opposition soon emerged in China and South Korea. Analysts believe that the deal is likely to be strongly opposed by NVIDIA's chip industry competitors.
As a design and intellectual property provider for most of the world's semiconductor industries, arm licenses its technology to customers such as Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, which are increasingly competing with NVIDIA.
Arm's open approach to licensing its design to all its customers has transformed 160 billion chips sold based on its technology into a huge ecosystem of devices, from smartphones to smart toasters.
The deal with NVIDIA will make arm subject to a U.S. company. At a time of increasing global trade and geopolitical tensions, such a deal will inevitably lead to doubts and opposition from all parties.
Geoff blaff, vice president of CCS, said it would be opposed to the research from the American market.
NVIDIA CEO Huang Renxun said NVIDIA would retain arm's headquarters in the UK (which is not subject to us export control laws) and an open licensing model. He also said that the NVIDIA will expand the first mock exam by ARM's Silicon Valley partnership network, by authorizing some of NVIDIA's designs, including its GPU technology. In theory, this will allow these companies to continue to compete with NVIDIA.
Even so, the announcement of the deal sparked a lot of skepticism.Korean chip industry executives and experts say that NVIDIA's acquisition of ARM will exacerbate NVIDIA's competition with Samsung, Qualcomm and other companies in autopilot and other future technologies. It also raises concerns that ARM may increase the licensing fees of competitors.
According to Mr. Braber of CCS insights,The NVIDIA deal could also push chip companies to switch to risc-v, an open source alternative technology supported by a nonprofit foundation but not controlled by any one entity.
A source with an arm design company in the United States said the move could accelerate the industry shift from arm design to risc-v.