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NVIDIA removes Arm from its shopping cart, Arm will go public instead

NVIDIA’s plan to acquire chip designer Arm Holdings is dead. The companies announced the deal a year and a half ago, but since then it’s come under heavy scrutiny from antitrust regulators around the globe, and now NVIDIA and Arm’s parent company Softbank say they’ve terminated the agreement. At the same time, Softbank is unveiling […]

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Leica launches its first smartphone in Japan (but it’s really a re-branded Sharp Aquos R6)

Camera maker Leica has been partnering with smartphone makers for years, with companies including Huawei, Panasonic, and Sharp shipping phones with Leica-branded cameras. Now Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank has introduced the first Lecia-branded smartphone. The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is available exclusively in Japan, where it goes up for pre-order June 18 for ¥187,920 (~$1700). The phone […]

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Lilibits: Chip news, OnePlus Nord design, and CES Asia is canceled (permanently)

The latest retro console isn’t a console at all… it’s a LEGO kit that lets you build a model of a NES game system and a retro-style TV with a Super Mario level depicted on screen. After scrapping this year’s CES Asia event due to the pandemic, the Consumer Technology Association has decided it might […]

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SoftBank completes acquisition of ARM

After announcing plans in July to acquire ARM, Japan’s SoftBank is now the proud owner of the company that designs the technology used in most of the world’s smartphone processors. SoftBank has completed its $32 billion acquisition of UK-based ARM Holdings. ARM doesn’t actually make any processors, but it licenses its designs to companies including […]

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SoftBank to acquire ARM for $32 billion

Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank is buying UK-based chip designer ARM, which would give SoftBank control over the company that designs the technology used in the processors that power almost every major smartphone, many tablets and a range of other devices including servers, set-top-boxes, and even some Chromebooks. ARM-based chips are also expected to play a […]

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Lenovo launches a Windows 10 smartphone (in Japan)

There aren’t a lot of companies making Windows smartphones anymore, but the list just got a little longer. Lenovo has introduced its first phone powered by Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile operating system. The phone will be available through Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank, which helps explain the phone’s name: SoftBank 503LV. Lenovo and SoftBank are positioning the […]