A few weeks ago, Nvidia confirmed that the company was halting its plans to acquire ARM, citing significant regulatory challenges. Nvidia has been the focus of scrutiny since the initial disclosure, so it was no surprise to the outside world. Some regulators and organizations were concerned about the company’s $40 billion acquisition of ARM Limited, and even though the CEO insisted that he was optimistic about the acquisition, subsequent negotiations stalled for a time. Following the cancellation of the ARM acquisition, Nvidia will not change its strategy for the future.
Nvidia will not make any changes to its strategy
The current CEO of Nvidia sees no reason to update the company’s roadmaps after its purchase of ARM fell through with antitrust regulators.
Jensen Huang spoke out in an interview with VentureBeat on the issue, which has thrown the company’s intentions to gain a strong foothold in the mobile device chip segment into disarray.
VentureBeat: “What’s your strategy post-ARM – do you need to communicate your strategic direction in light of the deal cancellation?”
Jensen Huang: “Nothing, really. Because we never partnered with ARM. So there was never any talk about the strategies that would have resulted from that combination. So our strategy is exactly the same. We do accelerated computing wherever there are CPUs (central processing units). And so we’re going to do it for x86. And we’re going to do it for ARM. We have a lot of ARM CPUs and systems-on-chip (SoCs) in development. And we’re enthusiasts. We’re doing all of that. We have a 20-year license to ARM’s intellectual property. And we will continue to leverage all of that and all of the markets. And that’s it. We’ll continue to build CPUs, (graphics processing units) GPUs, and DPUs (data processing units).”
VentureBeat: “So it’s all about your three-chip strategy – would you consider RISC-V now that the ARM deal is off the table?”
Jensen Huang: “We are using RISC-V. We use RISC-V in our GPUs. We use it in a number of areas. For the system drivers, there’s a RISC-V acceleration engine in the Bluefield GPU, sort of a programmable engine. And we use RISC-V when it makes sense. We use ARM when it makes sense. We use x86 when it makes sense.”
In short, Nvidia sees no reason to worry after this rejection of the acquisition, which has been pegged at around $40 billion. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.