NVIDIA makes its argument for why the Arm acquisition should go through
NVIDIA argues the merger will spur competition, not hinder it.
What you need to know
- NVIDIA's Arm acquisition has been in limbo for many, many months, hitting numerous obstacles since it was set in motion back in 2020.
- The troubled deal faces a lawsuit from the FTC as well as a probe from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
- The UK government has published documentation on the situation, showcasing NVIDIA's argument for why it thinks the deal should be greenlit.
NVIDIA's seen no shortage of barriers when it comes to getting its Arm acquisition passed and completed. A bevy of regulatory bodies have either held up the process or directly stood in the way of it, as we're seeing with the FTC's lawsuit and China's lengthy review process. But now we have a closer look into another element of the merger's headaches: The ongoing UK probe.
The UK government has a website wherein you can peruse its Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) cases. One of the entries listed there is the NVIDIA-Arm merger. On the page associated with the case, there's a piece of documentation labeled "Main parties initial Phase 2 submission," which will take you to a PDF containing NVIDIA's counters to the UK regulatory concerns leveled against it. Here's a key excerpt from the document:
NVIDIA's full remarks in the document explain how these benefits would come to pass, but this particular paragraph sums it up. The merger will help everyone, including the UK, and competitors will be fine, according to the RTX GPU maker. It also made sure to namedrop its Cambridge-1 supercomputer, which it "built at its own expense and launched in the UK for medical research." If you're interested in this whole merger saga, the full document is worth a read.
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By Jez Corden
It's still NVIDIA.
They have a track record.
They already have access to the same ARM tech as everybody else so why buy it if not to put it to work doing exclusive proprietary products for NVIDIA?
Look to DLSS: exclusive to their boards. Then AMD releases an *open* competitor that runs almost everwhere, including Nvidia's cards. Their response? Offering up a second-class "open" scaling system to blunt AMD's effort. Their best tech they reserve for themselves.
With that in mind what we can expect is they'll use ARM to ensure they get the best designs first and license them out years later, if at all. Trust scorpions to be scorpions.