Tudor Brown, the former chairman of UK chip designer Arm, has warned against the sale of the company. There has been speculation that the current owner, Softbank, will sell to Nvidia. Mr Brown expressed his opposition to such a move in an interview with BBC News.
“I’ve always thought Softbank’s investment and focus on growth was misguided, and I think Softbank is accepting it now,” Brown told the BBC. “[But] it would be very bad news for ARM to be sold to a semiconductor company. “The business must be lean and remain independent to serve the industry from a profitable position of neutrality.” ARM creates computer chip designs that others then customize for their own purposes. He also develops instruction sets, which define how software controls processors.