Qualcomm Could Look Into Acquiring Arm If Nvidia’s Takeover Fails: Report 


While Qualcomm intentions seem strong, it has not officially disclosed any plans for the same. 

Amid regulatory hurdles casting ambiguity on Nvidia’s plan to acquire Arm, US chipmaker Qualcomm has revealed that it is open to investing in the British chip designer if its sale to Nvidia is blocked by regulators, reported The Telegraph. 

As per the report, Qualcomm’s incoming CEO, Cristiano Amon, said Qualcomm would be willing to buy a stake in Arm alongside other industry investors if SoftBank, Arm’s current owner, listed the company on the stock market instead of selling it to Nvidia.

“If Arm has an independent future, I think you will find there is a lot of interest from a lot of the companies within the ecosystem, including Qualcomm, to invest in Arm,” Amon said. “If it moves out of SoftBank and it goes into a process of becoming a publicly-traded company, [with] a consortium of companies that invest, including many of its customers, I think those are great possibilities.”

Amon added that Qualcomm would “definitely be open to it” and that the company has “had discussions with other companies that feel the same way.”

While Qualcomm intentions seem strong, it has not officially disclosed any plans for the same. 

Last year, Nvidia had announced that it would be acquiring Arm for a $40 billion deal. This comes amidst the global chip shortage that has left companies scramming to become bullish in the chip industry.

Since then, reports suggested that Qualcomm, Microsoft and Google has been telling regulators around the world that they are against the deal, saying that the takeover posed as a risk because Nvidia could become a gatekeeper of Arm’s technology and prevent other chipmakers from using the company’s intellectual property.

In April, a report said that Nvidia Corp is planning to make a server processor chip- ‘Grace’- using Arm’s technology This is the most straightforward challenge the processor manufacturing company has ever given to its rival, Intel Corp. 


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