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Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com.

Kapow Wham Boom: Holy Acquisition, Sir Robin!

July 18th, 2016 by Peggy Aycinena

Yep, it’s happened
. More astonishing than Brexit. Faster than a skyrocketing market cap. Stronger than any ties to Merry Old England, Apple, or ESDA. Able to leap over continents in a single bound.

Holy All-Cash-Deal, Sir Robin, ARM’s been bought by SoftBank!

For a mere 24.3 billion pounds.

[Or somewhere in the neighborhood of US$32 billion, depending on the moment or the hour or the day you’re calculating the exchange rate.]

It appears to be a done possible offer deal, and so the world wobbles a bit on its axis. Again.

Robin is ARMAnd the questions are flying.

Will the UK allow this Crown Jewel of its tech ecosystem to be purchased outright by some folks 6000 miles away?

If it’s only a “possible offer” are there other suitors holding nosegays in the parlor?

Will other IP providers see this as an opportunity to compete more effectively with the Vendor Previously Known as ARM?

Will every EDA partner in the ARM Connected Community willingly go along for the ride?

Most importantly of all …

Will Simon Segars continue to sit on the ESD Alliance Board?

Holy Consolidation, Sir Robin. If you couldn’t afford one before, surely you can afford a Batmobile now.

Or a finely restored ’63 Aston Martin DB5.


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