The BBC recently posted that ARM is set to be acquired by Softbank, a Japanese Telecommunications company, for 32 billion dollars. Softbank actually paid 43% more than what the ARM shares are currently worth to acquire the firm.
Softbank is a global telecommunications firm which owns Vodafone Japan and 80% of Sprint Corporation. Vodafone Japan currently has around 37 million subscribers in Japan, while Sprint has 57.3 million subscribers in the United States.
The acquisition of ARM is an interesting one as they are the main threat to Intel right now in the CPU space. ARM’s grip on the mobile market is so strong that it was reported back in April of this year that Intel is giving up on mobile SOCs for phones. Not only is ARM’s dominance in the mobile space unquestioned, but ARM is beginning to encroach on Intel’s enterprise territory with HP and Texas Instruments offering ARM-based servers now. ARM devices are threatening Intel in many sectors, so it will be interesting how it fares under Softbank leadership.
- Chris Zele