NVIDIA about to buy ARM

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  1. RT545

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    Has anyone made a list of the folks who have to approve this merger / have veto power?

    I can't see it happening.
     
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    Nvidia have not bought the whole of ARM, the ARM "Internet of Things Division" has been left out of the sale. Nvidia is also big in open source RISC-V so they are either buying ARM to kill it off or to use the tech and people to push some form of RISC-V / ARM future as there is growing adoption of RISC-V as an alternative to ARM in China and the far East.
    That's because the political side of this sale is that America has changed in the last 4 years. There's a lot of worry here that Trump's second term would see him demand Nvidia ban sales of ARM technology / licencing to Chinese companies. ARMs original founders have criticised this sale - Nvidia is a private business but Google services and software for example have been restricted from Chinese devices and this is the kind of politics that they are against. As a precursor to that, Chinese companies have been moving ahead of this curve and designing their own RISC-V processors.

    Corona virus has also reminded a lot of people about the sense in selling off technical / manufacturing infrastucture to foreign powers and lots of people are demanding the UK govt step in and prevent the sale / buy ARM themselves.
     
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    RISC-V is an interesting initiative; I wonder where it will end-up in the years to come...
     
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    From the sheer size of the Chinese market, I think it will eventually dominate. The ARM guys are pretty skeptical about RISC-V though but necessity (A US trade war) will simply force China to use and develop what it can.
     
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    Open source initiatives may profit to China (for example: Google is banned from China, yet their open source efforts around Android or Chrome may sometimes be useful to Chinese companies; this may be a drawback for them)...
     
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