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August 03, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Samsung looks to join consortium to buy ARM
Samsung Electronics is set to join a fight to acquire a stake in UK semiconductor licensor ARM, according to a Korea Times report.

Other potential consortium members could include Cadence, Synopsys and Rambus, who all license IP and have a similar business model to ARM.

Nonetheless it has been reported that Nvidia is in talks to buy ARM in a cash-and-stock deal that would value ARM at more than the $32 billion SoftBank paid for ARM in 2016. A deal would allow Nividia to expand from the data center, where it has been successful selling GPUs for artificial intelligence applications in recent years, into mobile phones and desktop computing.

One of the biggest blocks on any resolution of the situation, is that ARM is in dispute with Allen Wu, who had led ARM China. Wu has been sacked but has refused to leave his post.

ARM owns only 49 percent of its China subsidiary but that joint venture is supplying half of ARM's revenues, according to some estimates. ARM's inability to control its subsidiary casts doubt and uncertainty on valuation of the company and any desirability to own it.

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