ARM chip designer to be bought by Japan's Softbank

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  1. fm7

    fm7 Active Member

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    http://www.wsj.com/articles/softbank-agrees-to-buy-arm-holdings-for-more-than-32-billion-1468808434
     
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    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  


    ARM has been growing considerably (especially with the "microcomputing" setups like RaspberryPi taking off), I'm hoping it'll remain a stable platform for all.


    Anyone more knowledgeable about these kind of situations want to give their two cents?
     
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    DomainBop Dormant VPSB Pathogen

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    That depends on whether Softbank extends the same baby bonus to its new UK ARM workers that it does to its Japanese workers. The baby bonus might help counter the effects of Brexit. 


    On a more serious note, Softbank has $87 billion in annual revenues and turned a profit of over $4.6 billion last year so ARM is getting a parent with deep pockets who can invest in the business.  


    A PC Magazine writer however thinks the merger is a bad idea and he does make some good points:

     
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  5. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Not a big deal. There are contracts to ensure that the licence for the layouts are still in hands of the manufactures.


    ARM is designing the ARM prozessors and other companies are using the layouts to build their SoCs. So not much will change as long as Softbank won't licence the new ARM chip versions.
     
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  6. graeme

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    He thinks Intel buying ARM would be a better solution? What could be further from neutrality!?

    Softbank is probably as good a buyer as is likely in terms of preserving neutrality. I do not see any real logic to the deal though, for just that reason. No synergies.