In September last year, NVIDIA announced that it intends to acquire ARM – a UK-based semiconductor and software design company – for $40 billion.
The new slate of ARM-v9 based solutions include the Cotex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510 CPU cores, alongside four new GPUs from Arm.
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NVIDIA’s first go at making ARM-based processors didn’t go as well as the company had planned. Leaving the failure years behind, the company is now taking a second stab at making ARM-based processors, but instead of going against established names like Intel and AMD in the consumer electronics segment, the company is taking a safer route by targeting large-scale neural network systems for AI data centers – a domain where its GPUs already do the heavy lifting. Called NVIDIA Grace, the fruit of NVIDIA-ARM’s latest joint effort is expected to become commercially available in 2023.
To recall, NVIDIA purchased ARM from SoftBank in a deal valued at $40 billion in September last year. Coming back to NVIDIA Grace, the company says it will offer up to 30X aggregate bandwidth boost compared to today’s fastest servers and ‘up to 10x the performance of today’s fastest servers on the most complex AI and high-performance computing workloads.’ NVIDIA hasn’t namedropped Intel or any of its x86-based Xeon processors here – or AMD’s EPYC range for that matter- but the targets are evident.
Meet NVIDIA Grace – the basic building block of the modern data center. This powerful @Arm-based #CPU allows us to accelerate the largest HPC and #AI workloads. Watch the introduction: https://t.co/z51GV8rkhg #GTC21 pic.twitter.com/EySjYKPsDj
— NVIDIA (@nvidia) April 12, 2021
NVIDIA has gone much into detail about the underlying architecture and core specifics, except for outlining the key areas where it envisions the Grace processor to be used – natural language processing, recommender systems, and AI supercomputing. For now, the company only notes that its latest offering will combine energy-efficient cores with a low-power subsystem. Specifically, NVIDIA Grace will is touted to be the first server CPU to employ the LPDDR5x memory, which the company claims offers 2x bandwidth and 10x higher energy efficiency compared to the DDR4 standard.
The latest NVIDIA offering employs the next-generation Arm Neoverse cores that are said to boost performance as well as energy efficiency. And when paired with NVIDIA’s own GPUs, Grace is said to employ the fourth-gen NVIDIA NVLink interface to offer bidirectional bandwidth of 900 GB/s. Coming to commercial deployment, CSCS and Los Alamos National Laboratory have confirmed plans of making supercomputers based on NVIDIA Grace supercomputers that are expected to go online in 2023.
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NVIDIA and SoftBank Group Corp. (SBG) have announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank for $40 billion. As part of NVIDIA, Arm will continue to operate its open-licensing model. It will operate as a division of NVIDIA and will remain headquartered in the UK. It will “continue to operate its open-licensing model while maintaining its global customer neutrality,” the company said. NVIDIA intends to retain the name and strong brand identity of Arm and expand its base in Cambridge. Arm’s intellectual property will remain registered in the U.K.
To recall, SoftBank bought Arm for $31 billion four years ago. The undertakings are scheduled to complete in September 2021. Arm’s tech powers mobile device processors for several companies including Samsung, Apple, and Qualcomm. Moreover, Apple recently announced its switch to Arm-based chips for future Macs. On the other hand, Microsoft is making an Arm-based Surface and a version of Windows for Arm. Hence, the British company will likely only increase in value, as it has since SoftBank acquisition.
For reference, NVIDIA doesn’t do much in mobile hardware. However, it is the leading maker of GPUs, and manufactures Tegra line of mobile chipsets used in devices like the Nintendo Switch. The company is positioning the acquisition as setting up the next stage of AI computing.
Bloomberg reports that “Huang said Nvidia is spending a lot of money for the acquisition and has no incentive to do anything that would cause clients to walk away.” The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals for the U.K., China, the European Union and the United States. Hence, the deal is likely to face intense regulatory scrutiny.
“Arm and NVIDIA share a vision and passion that ubiquitous, energy-efficient computing will help address the world’s most pressing issues from climate change to healthcare, from agriculture to education,” said Simon Segars, CEO of Arm.
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It seems that Samsung is also trying to get a piece in a possible sale of the British semiconductor company ARM. The latest rumors suggest that NVIDIA has been in talks to acquire the company from Softbank, but this possible operation has also caused other companies such as Samsung and Apple to show interest.
According to a top anonymous industry official:
“Samsung Electronics is considering acquiring a small stake in Arm, which will be between 3 percent and 5 percent.”
“Arm will be acquired by a consortium led by multiple parties from the semiconductor industry given the complex nature of Arm’s shareholding structure.”
“As seen in Samsung’s previous equity purchasing in ASML, Samsung will likely try to acquire equities in Arm. As Samsung could solidify its partnership with ASML after the equity acquisition, Samsung expects it can reduce its licensing fee expenditure by securing equity in Arm.”
The Korea Times also reports that NVIDIA won’t be able to acquire ARM alone, as Softbank is valuating its semiconductor company for $41 billion. This means that several other companies could also step into this operation. NVIDIA could also be affected by possible concerns of antitrust violations that may end up blocking the deal. The same would happen if Samsung or Apple tried to buy 100 percent of ARM.
“Nvidia won’t become the sole suitor for Arm as the company needs to win approvals from fair trade authorities in countries that are doing business with the British company. I think it will be difficult for Nvidia to gain approval from any of those authorities.”
Source GSM Arena
Via The Korea Times
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Nvidia is reportedly in advanced levels of negotiation to buy semiconductor and software giant ARM in a deal worth more than $32 billion. Talks between the two companies began in the past few months when Nvidia approached SoftBank, the Japanese holding company which purchased the chipmaker back in 2016.
“US chip company Nvidia is in talks to buy the UK chip designer Arm from SoftBank in a cash-and-stock deal that would value the unit at more than $32bn, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter,” reports FincancialTimes. A separate Bloomberg report mentions that the two companies might reach a deal in the next few weeks.
The deal terms reportedly involve a cash and stock purchase that would put the initial sale price at over $32 billion. Nvidia’s current market valuation is close to $260 billion, and purchasing ARM – whose chips can be found inside smartphones, PCs, TV and a wide range of other devices – will further boost the graphics hardware giant’s assets and send ripples across the industry.
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ARM has today unleashed its latest mobile chip solutions that will make their way to a majority of 2021’s flagship phones. First up is the new Cortex-A78 CPU, which is claimed to bring a performance boost of 20%. It is accompanied by the high-end Mali-G78 GPU and the slightly less powerful Mali-G68 GPU. Lastly, the company has also lifted the covers from the Cortex-X1 CPU that can be customized for top-of-the-line performance.
ARM Cortex A78-CPU
The ARM Cortex-A78 CPU is claimed to bring a 20% sustained performance improvement over the previous-gen ARM Cortex-A77 CPU. It is also said to be 50% more energy efficient compared to its predecessor, 8% less power-hungry for machine learning-based tasks, and will also occupy less space when used in accordance with the DynamIQ cluster (4x Cortex-A78 + 4x Cortex-A55) plan.
As per ARM, the Cortex-X1 CPU marks the beginning of a new Cortex-X Custom program that will allow partner brands to work with ARM’s team for designing custom CPUs based on their demand. Essentially, the new initiative opens the doors for customizations to deliver the highest-end performance possible. ARM says the Cortex-X1 CPU will offer a performance gain of 30% over the Cortex-A77 design and a 2x improvement at ML performance among other benefits.
Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 GPUs
Alongside new CPUs, ARM has also announced a pair of new GPUs – the Mali-G78 GPU for flagships and the Mali-G68 GPU for sub-premium phones. Based on the new Valhall architecture, the Mali-G78 GPU is said to offer a 25% performance improvement, 15% performance density improvement, and 10% higher energy efficiency for gaming content over the Mali-G77 GPU.
The Mali-G68 is a cheaper alternative for non-flagship devices and offers support for 6 cores, compared to the 24 core support on its flagship sibling.
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