A core member of ARM Holdings recently revealed that before Nvidia bought the British chip manufacturer for $40 billion, Graphcore, which is supported by Microsoft, expressed strong opposition. In an interview with CNBC, Hermann Hauser (Hermann Hauser), who helped found ARM in 1990, stated that Graphcore had opposed the transaction in a "main opinion" submitted to the UK Competition and Market Authority.
Hauser said: "If Nvidia can merge the designs of ARM and Nvidia in the same software, it means that companies like Graphcore are locked into the seller's market and establish a close relationship with ARM." Through Hauser's venture capital firm Amadeus Capital, he is one of Graphcore's important investors.
Nvidia plans to acquire ARM from the Japanese software giant SoftBank, a company spokesperson on Wednesday described the transaction as "supporting competition." ARM did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Graphcore and CMA declined to comment. However, Graphcore CEO Nigel Toon told CNBC in December that Graphcore believed the deal was anti-competitive.