Nvidia's $54 billion takeover of Arm in trouble, competition concerns remain


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Why it matters: Last week, Nvidia's $54 billion acquisition of chip manufacturer Arm was expedited by offering concessions to EU regulators. Unfortunately for the GPU titan, that hasn't exactly worked in their favor—its desire to buy the British company hit a stumbling block today as authorities are concerned about how the deal will affect competition in the industry.

Reuters sources revealed that the proposed deal is expected to face an extended EU antitrust investigation due to Nvidia's concessions failing to address competition concerns. A preliminary review conducted by the European Commission should conclude on October 27, followed by a further four-month investigation into the deal, the sources added.

"The regulatory process is confidential. The transaction will help to transform Arm and boost competition and innovation, including in the UK," Nvidia stated.

The competition enforcer for the EU opted not to receive feedback from rivals and customers. Instead, it said the concessions were not sufficient enough to alleviate its concerns. Nvidia declared that it would operate Arm as a neutral technology supplier amid apprehension among customers, including Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, and Apple.

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