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

#76
TheoneandonlyMrK
Tardianme 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).
I'm all equal two UFO's two ps5s and I once saw an actual unicorn, I was pissed and up a mountain at the time trying to find my way down at night, my cousin says it was a donkey, was it fu#@.
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Tardian
TheoneandonlyMrKI'm all equal two UFO's two ps5s and I once saw an actual unicorn, I was pissed and up a mountain at the time trying to find my way down at night, my cousin says it was a donkey, was it fu#@.
Yesterday, I told a 69-year-old woman the name of her father. The product of a decade of research. My family said urgh!
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Patriot
R-T-BI agree with this. The image quality argument has been dead for generations.
Can confirm, has it once been true since GTX400? It was def true GTX200 series...
Nvenc gives better recording right now than AMD, but regular quality is the same.... And it's not loads better, I've streamed with 6900xt and rtx3090.
Either way, nvidia's image quality is not subpar in anyway at the current time, if anything they have the lead with dlss 2.1.

That said... ive worked with nvidia and hope this acquisition falls through... they will use it to crush competition and shove geforce in arm.
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