ARM the chip manufacturing company of UK is to be acquired by SoftBank of China for £24.3 billion (US$ 32 billion equivalent). The idea is to cash in on ever growing demands of IoT tech, the mobile market, and processors. The Japanese company is planning to double the employee headcount in the coming year and retain ARM’s headquarters in Cambridge. In future, SoftBank will increase the workforce outside of UK as well. ARM will be an independent business within the Japanese company. All the 4000 plus employees, the brand, the existing senior management team, and partnership-based business model and culture will be retained as well.
Apart from ARM SoftBank has invested in a few other organizations as well such as DIDI Chuxing of china, Snapdeal of India and has acquired the Sprint Nextel in 2013. SoftBank would be a key supplier to many big organizations in the industry by acquiring ARM. In the small business market, ARM is very successful as it produces low power processors which consume far less battery than a conventional processor.
Robotics, Smart Cities, and Robotics are some of the opportunities that ARM and partners are looking forward to. With the merger of Apical, a provider of imaging and embedded computer vision technology for next generation devices with ARM open new doors to understanding and act in harmony with their environment. Apical tech makes up for the Mali GPU, display processors etc.