Apple tipped to buy ARM

A rumour has started suggesting that highly profitable  Apple is contemplating making a bid to buy ARM.

ARM designs the logic for microprocessors and microcontrollers that are then licensed by third parties who make the chips.

And the logic behind such a move, rumoured in the Evening Standard, is that Apple is ARM’s biggest customer and wants to further extend design of chips inside. Apple  already has a semiconductor team and has been active in poaching semi executives to work for it.

Such a move would really set the cat among the pigeons, if true. ARM is widely seen as the biggest potential threat to chip giant Intel.

The Standard values such a move as worth over £5 billion, but it’s far from certain that such a deal is on the cards.

The report is here.