Nvidia set out to buy ARM, a company that holds many unique patents and artificial intelligence developments, this fall. With a $ 40 billion deal like this, Nvidia hoped to expand into new markets and install AI in every iron in the world. But not everything is so simple: large companies, including Microsoft and Google, have decided to oppose this deal because they think it violates antitrust laws.
In addition to Microsoft and Google, Huawei and the Chinese authorities opposed the purchase of ARM. An investigation into the extent to which the planned deal actually violates antitrust laws is now being conducted by relevant services in Europe and the UK (ARM is a UK company).
The concerns of other companies are understandable. ARM owns patents in the processor segment of the market and has access to almost all technological markets in the world. If suddenly they begin to provide some advantages to Nvidia (or, what else, will work with this company exclusively), this can be a serious change in the alignment of forces among manufacturers of various hardware.