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NVIDIA’s ARM acquisition may be dead in the water

NVIDIA’s ARM acquisition may be dead in the water

Way back in September 2020, NVIDIA announced its intention to purchase semiconductor manufacturer ARM for $40 billion. Fast forward almost a year-and-a-half later and now there's word that NVIDIA might be backing away from the acquisition. While neither company has confirmed the notion that NVIDIA is getting cold feet, it wouldn't be shocking considering that the acquisition has faced scrutiny and even lawsuits from regulatory agencies.

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NVIDIA Arm acquisition faces another hurdle with FTC lawsuit

NVIDIA Arm acquisition faces another hurdle with FTC lawsuit

Most people probably don't know it, and they certainly shouldn't have to, but Arm's processor technologies pretty much run the world today. It's present not just in smartphones and tablets, including Apple's iPhones, but also in supercomputers, cars, and quite a number of IoT products. It is because of that rather critical position that NVIDIA's plan to buy Arm from SoftBank is meeting a lot of resistance, and the latest to fall into place could be the final nail in the acquisition's coffin, unless the two companies can convince the FTC otherwise.

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Chromebooks are about to level up

Chromebooks are about to level up

Chromebooks have seen a massive surge in sales since last year as many schools, families, offices switched to remote or at-home arrangements. This class of devices has always been designed and marketed for such situations, where most of the work and even play happens on the Web, either directly inside browsers or using Web Apps. Things have definitely changed a lot over the past few years, with Chrome OS gaining a lot of capabilities that might also require even more hardware power. Thankfully, that muscle is just around the corner from Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Compute platforms, just in time for the potential arrival of Steam.

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Qualcomm Windows on ARM exclusivity is stunting its growth

Qualcomm Windows on ARM exclusivity is stunting its growth

Windows has actually been on ARM-based devices for quite a few years now, but it isn't at all surprising that there are so few of them. Despite hardware being adequate, the Windows on ARM experience has been generally regarded to be less than stellar, with many of the complaints focused around performance, battery life, and support for x86/x64 Windows software. Some have put the blame on Qualcomm's chipsets, but it seems that there is no escaping that because, apparently, Microsoft and Qualcomm have made a deal that makes Windows on ARM a Snapdragon exclusive, at least for the next two or so years.

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MediaTek Dimensity 9000 takes its Qualcomm rivalry to the next level

MediaTek Dimensity 9000 takes its Qualcomm rivalry to the next level

For years, MediaTek has been widely regarded as the "cheaper" alternative to Qualcomm's Snapdragons, sort of like the AMD of the mobile world. Just as AMD has been chipping away at Intel's dominance since the rise of its Ryzen line a few years back, MediaTek has been gaining ground in the smartphone space. Spurred by its success in the past few quarters, MediaTek is making its biggest stab at changing the status quo, and the new Dimensity 9000 is just the opening salvo.

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Why Google’s Tensor is a huge deal for Android’s future

Why Google’s Tensor is a huge deal for Android’s future

The Pixel 6, particularly the Pixel 6 Pro, has definitely piqued the interest of smartphone users on the Android side. More than just passing interest, too: Google has implied that high demand for the phones is causing shipment delays and supply problems. But, while Google is undoubtedly pleased by that turnout, its primary interest in the Pixel 6 is undoubtedly the shiny new processor that is the phone's beating heart.

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Pixel 6 Tensor CPU design revolves around Machine Learning

Pixel 6 Tensor CPU design revolves around Machine Learning

This shouldn't really come as much of a surprise. Google is arguably one of the kings of machine learning (ML) and AI, technologies that it relies on to make sense of all the data it collects through the Internet. So when it revealed that it was making its own System-on-Chip (SoC) named Tensor, it was expected that the chip would have ML at its forefront. That's what Google is now confirming about the Tensor chip and its abilities while still playing a bit coy on the technical details.

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Microsoft might be designing its own Surface processor

Microsoft might be designing its own Surface processor

It seems that the big game in the consumer tech market these days is for companies to design their own silicon in one form or another. Apple has, of course, been making the Apple A series of chips for iPhones and iPads far longer than its rivals, but Google has apparently started to catch on. Even Vivo jumped in on the game with its own V1 imagine signal processor. It's really no surprise that Microsoft might be joining the bandwagon, though its exact plans are still up for much speculation and debate.

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UK CMA finds cause for concern in Nvidia’s potential purchase of ARM

UK CMA finds cause for concern in Nvidia’s potential purchase of ARM

Anytime one major company purchases another, governments worldwide investigate the purchase to determine if it will hurt competition. Competition in all environments is critical to improving products and improving prices for consumers. One of the biggest deals in the works in recent memory is Nvidia attempting to purchase ARM.

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NVIDIA ARM acquisition deemed a national security risk in the UK

NVIDIA ARM acquisition deemed a national security risk in the UK

NVIDIA is already making big plans on its investments in the Arm ecosystem, most of which hinges on its acquisition of the UK-based company currently owned by Japan's SoftBank. We haven't heard much about the status of that process recently, but the latest news that has just surfaced isn't that encouraging, at least for NVIDIA. The acquisition has already been uncertain as far as the UK is concerned, and insiders are now saying that the country is inclined to reject the bid over national security concerns.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 successor leak reveals key spec

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 successor leak reveals key spec

Qualcomm's branding for Snapdragon chips doesn't always make sense. The Snapdragon 810 was succeeded by the 820/821, but that was followed by the 835, in turn. After the Snapdragon 865, however, came the 888, with the 870 following not far behind. In that light, there's still some debate whether the next Qualcomm premium chip will be the Snapdragon 895 or 898, but regardless of its name, it will have one upgrade that could set the tone for next year's smartphones.

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Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks have the stigma of being low-cost, low-power computers designed to cater to the limited needs of offices and schools. That's despite the existence of some models that rival high-end Windows laptops in specs and even in prices. One computing segment that Chromebooks still don't sufficiently address is gaming, but that could be changing soon, at least on the hardware side, thanks to NVIDIA's efforts to push its RTX technology to Arm processors.

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