Strong ARM'ed into it ?
Protecting ARM = good.
But ... does this mean that there is a national security concern about Nvidia, because they are used in a fair number of systems too.
The proposed sale of Arm to Nvidia looks a bit more tenuous today after UK digital secretary Oliver Dowden issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) indicating he may intervene in the sale on national security grounds. The disptach of the PIIN has kicked-off a further degree of scrutiny, with the Competition and …
Softbank has a diverse portfolio of tech companies, which means it's less focussed on a specific sector and therefore (anti-)competitive behaviours.
To me, the quote below from Softbank was probably the main assurance to competition regulators, shortly after the Arm acquisition:
"..It is also intended that ARM will remain an independent business within SoftBank, and continue to be headquartered in Cambridge, UK..."
"Owned by a US company, Washington can cut off access to Chinese companies"
Going by the sanctions that the U.S.A. have imposed on just about every nation on this planet, I think it is a dead cert that they will cut off access to who ever they think will compete with their homegrown industries.
...in the distant past, that once upon a time Nvidia was the underdog. In this epoch long since past 3DFX with the go to graphics card. At least until they published an open source driver that Nvidia used to steal their patented hardware acceleration technology. Then when 3DFX sued Nvidia for patent infringment, Nvidia committed a very hostile takeover of 3DFX in order to make the case disappear.
I don't blame anyone for not trusting Nvidia. Hell, the really truly paranoid side me thinks that they set up shell companies to buy their products as soon as they launch just to drive up the prices.
If ARM is that important to national security then the government should be buying it. Whenever a UK company gets bought all that ever seems to happen is the IP gets retained and all the jobs go elsewhere. I know ARM is currently still based in the UK, but how long is that really going to last, under Nvidia or Softbank?
It would be very hard to tear ARM out of Cambridge. I briefly worked at HQ there (~3 years) and I can honestly say that I've never met a bigger bunch of Hyper-Nerds* in the 26 years I've been working in IT. Seriously mind-bending levels of Dorkage.**
* This is a compliment
** This too is a compliment
I would say its a very slim chance that China is going to allow the sale to a Nvidia anyway even if it does get passed in the UK. With the US gov current strategy of cutting off supplies of US made tech to Huawei and other China based tech companies, there is no way China is going to allow the sale of ARM to a US based company. As would just give the the US gov more ARMament to use in their trade wars.
“We” being the UK govt. It was bloody stupid to let it be sold in the first place and it’s still bloody stupid.
I know it’s not quite the same (well not the same at all really) but I fear what happened to Inmos is likely the same as will happen to Arm. It will be asset-stripped, the tech squirrelled away, and this country will, YET AGAIN, lose/give away/let be stolen (delete as you see fit) a prime asset.
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