Saturday, August 21st 2021

NVIDIA-Arm Acquisition Raises "Significant Competition Concerns:" UK Competition Regulator

The proposed $40 billion acquisition of Arm Holdings Plc from SoftBank by NVIDIA raises "significant competition concerns," says the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The scathing report by the UK's competition regulator goes on to say that the merger will stifle innovation. "We're concerned that NVIDIA controlling Arm could create real problems for NVIDIA's rivals by limiting their access to key technologies, and ultimately stifling innovation across a number of important and growing markets. This could end up with consumers missing out on new products, or prices going up," it reads.

In its first reaction, NVIDIA sought time to address CMA's concerns. "We look forward to the opportunity to address the CMA's initial views and resolve any concerns the Government may have. We remain confident that this transaction will be beneficial to Arm, its licensees, competition, and the UK," the company said. Although a subsidiary of Japan's Softbank, the report by UK's competition regulator does have some bearing on the fate of Arm, which remains headquartered in the UK.
Sources: UK Competition and Markets Authority (PDF), James Titcomb (Twitter)
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78 Comments on NVIDIA-Arm Acquisition Raises "Significant Competition Concerns:" UK Competition Regulator

#51
mtcn77
chodaboy19There are reports that ARM's financials are not in great shape and even an IPO would actually value ARM at much lower levels than the current $40 billion USD offer.
Don't believe everything you read. When Nvidia stock crashed there were mixed reports, one said $140, the other $270>$350 YoY.
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#52
awesomesauce
Surely this trade cant make everyone happy whoever’s gonna buy it.

it should be split with not just 1 buyer but a group of people/corp

arm is too big and too important
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#53
yotano211
lynx29I'm just going in person to stores hoping to get one in person. I'm not even going to bother trying to beat the bots online anymore.

I'm just hoping companies wise up and start shipping more directly to stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

I went to Costco this morning to check right when they opened and no luck.

I'm hoping before winter I will get lucky. Cause I hate the cold weather, and I just want to sit back and game all winter, while the world continues to go crazy.
Hopefully I'll be driving to bring you one of those TVs. I should have enough experince for the next journey of my driving career, my own truck.
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#54
lynx29
yotano211Hopefully I'll be driving to bring you one of those TVs. I should have enough experince for the next journey of my driving career, my own truck.
you ought to get yourself a Nintendo OLED Switch since you will be on the road a lot and need some down time before bed, you too will have the glory of OLED gaming!!!!

Switch is made by Nvidia, so its on topic mods, calm down! :roll:
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#55
yotano211
lynx29you ought to get yourself a Nintendo OLED Switch since you will be on the road a lot and need some down time before bed, you too will have the glory of OLED gaming!!!!

Switch is made by Nvidia, so its on topic mods, calm down! :roll:
Funny that you mentioned OLED, I'm trying out the aero 15 until I return it or keep it, so far, I love it. The screen is AMOLED, its beautiful, its 4k 60hz. I dont see any screen tearing.
I only drive 9hrs max, even though the law says I can go 11hrs per day, I dont kill myself like alot of drivers out here are doing. They get burnt out, I dont.
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#56
watzupken
TheLostSwedeActually, Softbank sold Arm PRC to a local company...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_Ltd.#Row_over_ownership_of_Arm_China
It doesn't make any difference in my opinion. What I recall was that the ARM branch in China went rogue, but I did not read up on what happened. In any case, even if there is an ARM branch in China itself, any sanction means either they withdraw from that location if possible, or just stop any relation/ info sharing with the local office (if they go rogue again).
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#57
DeathtoGnomes
"We're concerned that NVIDIA controlling Arm could create real problems for NVIDIA's rivals by limiting their access to key technologies, and ultimately stifling innovation across a number of important and growing markets. This could end up with consumers missing out on new products, or prices going up,"
Yep, normal for Nvidia.
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#58
Isaac`
ARFDo you see how much crisper the first image is?
These look identical
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#59
Tardian
Isaac`These look identical
You need to get your eyes tested. I am serious ... This is NOT a troll remark. Are you looking at the images on a VGA monitor?
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#60
Isaac`
TardianYou need to get your eyes tested. I am serious ... This NOT a troll remark. Are you looking at the images on a VGA monitor?
Im looking at the images on a surface pro 7 screen
they also looked the same on my 1080p 23 inch screen
And my eyesight has been tested
its fine
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#61
Tardian
Well as I already posted above, they look VERY different on a 4K monitor. I have no conflict of interest.
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#62
TheoneandonlyMrK
TardianI want a PS5, but it is seeming like an impossible dream. How are you obtaining one? I want one for GT7 when it is released next year. I bought a used copy of GT Sport for PS4 to play on the PS5 in the interim. IMNSHO PS5's are being acquired in bulk for cryptocurrency mining. I have never seen one and know no one who has. A few forum members "claim" to have one but never post photographs.
One small negative comment about the 48 inch OLED. With one streaming service, it has a lip-synch problem that is really annoying. The image quality is superb. It scales really well. The new LG remotes are better. They have pause and play buttons down the bottom.
Right back at you on the thick skin issue. I was bullied at school but never on the internet. Trolls hate being ignored or exposed/reported.
I also want to build a new gaming rig for my son. However, I just can't bring myself to pay 3-5x the proper graphics card price. His GTX 1060 3GB rig is three years old but in Australia, they want $1000-$1500 for the 3060 card and silly money for anything better.
I do know two people who have a Ps5 not me though.
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#63
Tardian
TheoneandonlyMrKI do know two people who have a Ps5 not me though.
How did they get them ... if you don't mind me asking?
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#65
Tardian
DeathtoGnomes
After Trump, possibly the most embarrassing person to ever live? Forum members are not included.

To answer the question ... where? Are we really only talking about fingers?


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#66
mtcn77
TardianAfter Trump, possibly the most embarrassing person to ever live? Forum members are not included.

To answer the question ... where? Are we really only talking about fingers?


A few drugs I know have that effect. Pretty good ones, too. Gotta be careful with them(if you don't want the rug pulled under your feet). They warn you to wait 15 minutes between sitting up and standing up.
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#67
Caring1
DeathtoGnomes
Is that a trick question for his boyfriend?
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#68
Tardian
Caring1Is that a trick question for his boyfriend?
Does the number of fingers equate to IQ points?
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#69
TheoneandonlyMrK
TardianHow did they get them ... if you don't mind me asking?
Both from Argos , one at launch and another on a reloaded drop.
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#70
Tardian
TheoneandonlyMrKBoth from Argos , one at launch and another on a reloaded drop.
I was in England (mostly Kensington near Harrods) in 2018.

You have a better Russian Mafia than we have in my country.

I don't understand how you can show up at an Argos and be handed a PS5? Twice??

Did you bring the whole SAS unit with you? Including the RAF and Royal Navy the second time?
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#71
medi01
Audioave10Control of technology and control of prices and availability goes together with Nvidia.


That's why we have 10GB 3080, 8GB 3070 and 12GB 3060, right? :D

AMD wrecked havoc to the whole lineup.
3080, a GPU plenty faster than 2080Ti, a $1200 card, was MSRPed $699. They could not afford to have it with 20GB, as originally planned.
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#72
TheoneandonlyMrK
TardianI was in England (mostly Kensington near Harrods) in 2018.

You have a better Russian Mafia than we have in my country.

I don't understand how you can show up at an Argos and be handed a PS5? Twice??

Did you bring the whole SAS unit with you? Including the RAF and Royal Navy the second time?
You cannot or I would have one, one friend pre ordered one from Argos way before release.

The other monitored stock drops and got involved at 2Am to secure his order.

No one's just rocking up and getting one.

No millitary required?! .
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#73
Tardian
TheoneandonlyMrKYou cannot or I would have one, one friend pre ordered one from Argos way before release.

The other monitored stock drops and got involved at 2Am to secure his order.

No one's just rocking up and getting one.

No millitary required?! .
My nephew preordered on the first day. He is still waiting.
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#74
TheoneandonlyMrK
TardianMy nephew preordered on the first day. He is still waiting.
I ordered on the first day, I gave up already.
I too still have not got one, I would agree they're like unicorn poop except I have actually seen a Ps5.
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#75
Tardian
TheoneandonlyMrKI ordered on the first day, I gave up already.
I too still have not got one, I would agree they're like unicorn poop except I have actually seen a Ps5.
me I've only seen two UFO events but never a PS5.

The first UFO I now think was an iron meteorite bouncing off the atmosphere (nb Apollo 13 movie).
The second was probably a military satellite transitioning then vertical repositioning (that is a stretch).
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