Industry sources already take it for granted that Nvidia will end up acquiring Arm Ltd., or at least much of the company, and this has not been viewed favorably by Hermann Hauser, the co-founder of Arm, who indicates that Nvidia it would be an inappropriate owner to the point of being a disaster.
“SoftBank’s only saving grace was that it was not a chip company and maintained ARM neutrality,” Hermann said in an interview for the BBC.
If it becomes part of Nvidia, most licensees are competitors of Nvidia, and of course, they will look for an alternative to ARM. ARM will become one of Nvidia’s divisions, and all decisions will be made in America, not Cambridge. An ARM sale to Nvidia would be a disaster, but it is highly unlikely to happen.
The great opportunity that Softbank’s cash needs present is to bring ARM back home and make it public, with the support of the British government. And if there was ever a grand strategic prize, it would be taking the crown off Intel as the world’s number one microprocessor company and making it part of the UK. “
That it is unlikely to happen, is because rumors indicate that the purchase would be made through a consortium of multiple companies, where Nvidia would take a large piece of the cake and other companies would take a smaller portion, such as the case of Samsung Electronics or a rumored Apple that would join this agreement. Regarding nationalizing the company, it is something that will never happen, since it would be a scandal, that is if they had the more than 42,000 million dollars that SoftBank asks for to start with.