Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 09:22 UTC, submitted by REM2000
In the News Well, you can classify this under the double-you-tee-eff header. There is rampant speculation in London's financial district that Apple may be planning to buy ARM, the processor design company many of us have a soft spot for. Shares of ARM went upwards quickly when the speculation started, making it the biggest winner of London's FTSE.
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Terrible for ARM and the mobile industry!
by Ravyne on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 01:39 UTC
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I very much hope that this is merely a rumor.

As has been said, the only reason I would see Apple buying ARM outright is to keep everything for themselves. While owning all the great IP ARM has would make any mobile-oriented company happy, it would utterly destroy the current mobile-technology eco-system, which is 95% or more ARM-based. Even if they kept suppling non-competitors (ARM-based hard-disk controllers, automotive, embedded) and liscensed competitors on 'reasonable' terms, said competitors would still be contributing to Apple's bottom-line and essentially funding their R&D -- Competitors would look to jump ship, but find no truly-competetive alternative. The rest of the industry would loose years bringing up another competetive chip, and still probably loose money to Apple in liscensed ARM IP.

For ARM, I don't think this deal would be any good either -- Sure, Apple probably has enough money to buy them at a reasonable value now, but ARM is an increadibly prolific company with an incredibly bright future. I've said many times that ARM is the most viable competitor to intel and x86 that has ever existed, and I belive ARM will, with newer, more performance-oriented products, begin to encroach more and more into traditionally x86-based markets -- first with netbooks, nettops and STBs this year, thin-and-light laptops within 3-5 years, and will challenge in the server-deskop within 10-15 years. ARM is onto something, and while it may not be on the same magnitude, selling out now would be similar to the poor fool who sold his software to Bill Gates back in the day for a measly few thousand bucks.

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