According to Qualcomm, Arm avenges the company's criticism of the NVIDIA deal, claiming compensation for the use of Nuvia licences

According to Qualcomm, Arm avenges the company's criticism of the NVIDIA deal, claiming compensation

At the beginning of last year, Qualcomm purchased the assets of the Nuvia processor developer for $1.4 billion, who used the Arm architecture and was licensed to do so.

In the spring of this year, NVIDIA was forced to abandon its intention to buy Arm because it was opposed by individual regulators, British officials and various clients of Arm. Among them was Qualcomm, and in the summer of this year she faced a lawsuit by a British developer who accused her of misuse of the licences for processor kernels obtained from Nuvia. The latter had a licence for the Arm v8 architecture, which was also held by Qualcomm, but Arm did not like such a logic of interaction, and she demanded that the client stop using Nuvia in his products.

Qualcomm does not consider this right and necessary by calling it Arm's claim a revenge for its own position on the NVIDIA deal that collapsed in the spring. Arm not only demanded additional payment for Qualcomm's right to use Nuvia's development, but also tried to prevent the client's professionals from working on Nuvia's intellectual property processors. Qualcomm also added that an Arm's original agreement with Nuvia did not provide for such controls by British holding. Arm also believes that after Nuvia's loss of independence, all previous agreements were null and void and the new owners of Qualcomm's business should enter into new contracts.

In general, Qualcomm should pay Arm more for ready-made solutions, and in the case of architecture-based Arm-based development, the amount of royalties is reduced; apparently, in the case of Nuvia, the British developer simply does not want Qualcomm to pay him less; Arm's victory in this litigation may, in Qualcomm's view, expose her to abuse of her own power in dealing with licensees.