Complaints about Nvidia's acquisition of Arm

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Complaints about Nvidia's acquisition of Arm

Some of the world’s largest technology companies are complaining to U.S. antitrust regulators about Nvidia Corp.’s acquisition of Arm Ltd. because the deal will harm competition in an area of the industry that is vital to their businesses. [Bloomberg]
 

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Trump's MAGA used unproven security reasons to block Chinese access to USA suppliers (eg Huawei).

The acquisition will make it possible for the US government to block specific companies from access to Arm designs.

Based purely on risk (thanks Trump). it's very likely that China & EU block the deal.
 
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But companies like Google, Fakebook, Youtube and Twitter are dominant in their respective fields but that is ok.
 

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But companies like Google, Fakebook, Youtube and Twitter are dominant in their respective fields but that is ok.
Not the same thing. Everybody's (Apple, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) mobile CPU design are based on ARM designs and technology.
 

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Not the same thing. Everybody's (Apple, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) mobile CPU design are based on ARM designs and technology.
If they don't like it, they should build their own instruction set.
 

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Trump's MAGA used unproven security reasons to block Chinese access to USA suppliers (eg Huawei).

The acquisition will make it possible for the US government to block specific companies from access to Arm designs.

Based purely on risk (thanks Trump). it's very likely that China & EU block the deal.
How will China or the EU block a deal that involves an American company buying a British company?
 

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How will China or the EU block a deal that involves an American company buying a British company?
You need a US president that is soft on China. Good thing one was installed for that very reason.
 

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Not the same thing. Everybody's (Apple, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) mobile CPU design are based on ARM designs and technology.
I know it's not the same thing, that is why I said respective fields.
 

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How will China or the EU block a deal that involves an American company buying a British company?
Happens, for example:
Qualcomm (USA) $44 billion failed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors (Dutch) after Chinese regulatory declined approval in July, 2018.

 

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Happens, for example:
Qualcomm (USA) $44 billion failed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors (Dutch) after Chinese regulatory declined approval in July, 2018.

Interesting. I assume China accounting for nearly a third of NXP's, and two-thirds of Qualcomm's, sales was the reason Qualcomm dropped it.
Can this be equated to Arm though? There are other NXPs, there aren't other Arms, right now. Nvidia playing hard would result in literally every single smartphone being banned from the EU and China.
 
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Interesting. I assume China accounting for nearly a third of NXP's, and two-thirds of Qualcomm's, sales was the reason Qualcomm dropped it.
Can this be equated to Arm though? There are other NXPs, there aren't other Arms, right now. Nvidia playing hard would result in literally every single smartphone being banned from the EU and China.
Qualcomm had to pay $2b in penalties due to the fail.

Qualcomm / NXP is just one example.
There are other examples.

Many of these multinational companies have significant business / significant trade / dual listings in other markets and that brings them into their jurisdiction.

I see one of the biggest objectors to nVidia/ARM is Qualcomm - perhaps Qualcomm is still upset with their failed mergers with NXP and also Broadcom.
 
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