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NVIDIA & ARM deal sends shockwaves across the Tech industry (Part 2)

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Continuing our blog, about the “explosive” deal between ARM and NVIDIA, have a look at the 2nd part of our Blog below!

NVIDIA & ARM deal sends shockwaves across the Tech industry

Nvidia’s purchase Cambridge-based UK chip designer Arm for $40bn whilst pressure mounts on UK Government to intervene.

About NVIDIA

Nvidia Corporation is an American multinational technology company that designs graphics processing units for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on a chip units for the mobile computing and automotive market.

About SOFTBANK

SoftBank Group Corp. is a Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Minato, Tokyo and founded in 1986. SoftBank owns stakes in many technology, energy, and financial companies. Founded as a telecommunications company, SoftBank now has a hand in many diverse industries such as e-commerce, finance, broadband, marketing, and more. The company has a portfolio including SoftBank BB, GungHo Online Entertainment, IDC Frontier, and more

About ARM

ARM Limited is a British semiconductor and software design company founded in 1990, in Cambridge. Arm is the world’s leading technology provider of silicon IP for the intelligent System-on-Chips at the heart of billions of devices. From providing the IP for the chip to delivering the cloud services that allow organizations to securely manage the deployment of products throughout their lifecycle, Arm delivers a complete Internet of Things (IoT) solution to their partners and customers.

OBJECTIONS

However, there are still many that see the deal with suspicion and some that outrightly object its approval. Whilst we all await to see the effects the deal will have in the industry as a whole, it is also worth noting that it is still awaiting regulatory approval.  As Hermann Hauser (company co-founder) expressed concern about the deal for Britain’s biggest tech company, and pressure is also been put by the Labour party and employee unions, the UK Government is under pressure to intervene. What is more, as some parts of ARM have not been made part of the deal hundreds of ARM employees face an uncertain future. In a statement on its website, Nvidia noted that it “intends to retain the name and strong brand identity of Arm and expand its base in Cambridge” adding that “Arm’s intellectual property will remain registered in the UK,”.

In these extraordinary times, AI is helping retailers not only keep customers safe but also improve their business flexibility and keep their staff employed. The move by NVIDIA will not only allow them to increase their capabilities but also bolster the company’s share price in comparison to their direct competitor, Intel. ARM is able to offer companies an easy way to ensure compatibility across a wide range of devices and systems, with a constant instruction set, (all without having to own that specific ecosystem) unlike other companies in the industry.

Three uniting forces have brought about the era of AI and its benefits for all. The availability of immense stores of data, the invention of deep learning algorithms, and the intense performance of GPU computing have brought upon us social changes like never before seen.

From the use of deep learning in autonomous vehicles in order to accurately identify the space the car inhabits and its surroundings, to new internet services using sound to learn speech such as Alexa, AI is already playing a major part in our lives and that will only be enhanced.

With ARM a key player in providing semiconductors to mobile devices and their expertise in IoT, and NVIDIA’s dominance in both AI training and Graphics, the deal could reform everything from mobility to mobile security.

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