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ARMs Race | Nvidia CEO admits Arm acquisition may take longer than 18 months

Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang just admitted for the first time that the planned acquisition of Bristish chip designer Arm could take longer than just the 18-months that the company had originally predicted.

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“Our discussions with regulators are taking longer than initially thought, so it’s pushing out the timetable,” Huang told The Financial Times. “It’s not one particular delay,” he added. “But we’re confident in the deal, we’re confident regulators should recognize the benefits of the acquisition.”

“Our discussions with regulators are taking longer than initially thought, so it’s pushing out the timetable,” Huang told The Financial Times. “It’s not one particular delay,” he added. “But we’re confident in the deal, we’re confident regulators should recognize the benefits of the acquisition.”

Huang previously confidently predicted that the acquisition would be complete by march 2022, but regulators in the UK are investigating the purchase citing national security concerns and British politicians have characterized the acquisition as a major blow to the UK’s tech industry. Here at home in the US, the FTC opened an investigation into the acquisition after Qualcomm, Microsoft and Google complained that Nvidia owning Arm would limit competition.

Currently Arm is a neutral party who owns the instruction set to the world’s most popular chip architecture and many are concerned that Nvidia, an American tech company will favor its own products against those it competes and licenses its instruction set with.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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