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Nvidia acquires Arm Holdings in massive $40 billion deal

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Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process
Apple has been licensing Arm technologies for years.
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Nvidia announced Sunday that it is acquiring chip designer Arm from SoftBank in a deal valued at $40 billion.

Arm Holdings is the semiconductor conductor whose ARM architecture Apple has long licensed for its A-series chips for iPhone and iPad. It is also crucial to the upcoming Apple Silicon processors for Mac. Under the new ownership, Arm will continue its current “open-licensing model.”

Apple held early conversations about buying Arm, but ultimately declined

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Apple has relied on Arm technology a lot over the years.
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Apple reportedly participated in early stage conversations with SoftBank about acquiring its Arm Holdings.

Arm Holdings is the semiconductor conductor whose ARM architecture Apple licenses for everything from its A-series chips for iPhone and iPad to its upcoming Apple Silicon processors for Mac.

iPhone chip designer ARM to be snapped up for $32 billion

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ARM just sold for an arm and a leg.
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ARM Holdings, a.k.a. the company responsible for the mobile processor architecture which powers the iPhone and iPad, looks set to be bought by Japan’s SoftBank for an eye-watering (iWatering?) $32 billion, it has confirmed.

ARM’s board will recommend that shareholders accept the deal, which represents 43 percent over the company’s closing market value as per Friday. The news caused shares in ARM to leap up by 45 percent to 1,742.85p per share when the London Stock Exchange opened this morning.