Nvidia’s record deal to buy ARM will encounter major hurdles from regulators in countries sparring over trade and customers concerned the transaction will limit competition and unfairly favour ARM’s future owner.
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If Nvidia is able to pull off its blockbuster acquisition of premier chip designer ARM, the deal may be the final piece it needs to dominate the industry for a generation.
Nvidia’s $40-billion agreement to acquire ARM is likely to meet strong opposition from Nvidia’s chip industry rivals, analysts say, with murmurs of protest already emerging in South Korea and China.
Nvidia’s market valuation briefly topped Intel’s for the first time ever, powered by soaring demand for graphics chips in data centres and other fast-growing technology fields.
Nvidia has agreed to buy chip maker Mellanox Technologies for US$6.9-billion, gaining expertise to help it push into the growing market for data centre components.