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Arm IPO’s 10 Confirmed And Potential Investors: Why Apple, Intel And Nvidia Are Among Them

Dylan Martin

The British chip designer reveals that AMD, Apple and Google are among the potential ‘cornerstone investors’ in its much-hyped initial public offering. Two others, Intel and Nvidia, confirmed their plans to invest. ‘Arm has played this absolutely foundational role in the tech business but in a pretty much invisible way to most of the outside world for a very long time,’ an analyst says.


Apple did not respond to a request to comment about its potential plan to invest in Arm’s IPO.

A longtime customer and co-founder of Arm, Apple has relied on the company’s chip architecture for processors inside all its mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

In 2020, the Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics giant signaled a plan to embrace Arm across its entire hardware portfolio by transitioning its Mac computers from Intel CPUs to Arm-compatible M-series system-on-chips such as the M1 and M2. Three years later, Apple completed that transition with M-series chips powering its entire line of Mac laptops and desktops.

More than a decade ago, Apple began designing custom Arm processors for iPhones and iPads rather than using the semiconductor company’s pre-developed processor designs. The iPhone maker expanded upon that trend with its M-series chips, which are based on in-house designs rather than Arm’s.

In Arm’s updated IPO filing Tuesday, the company said it has entered a “new long-term agreement with Apple that extends beyond 2040, continuing our long-standing relationship of collaboration with Apple and Apple’s access to the Arm architecture.”  

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Dylan Martin

Dylan Martin is a senior editor at CRN covering the semiconductor, PC, mobile device, and IoT beats. He has distinguished his coverage of the semiconductor industry thanks to insightful interviews with CEOs and top executives; scoops and exclusives about product, strategy and personnel changes; and analyses that dig into the why behind the news.   He can be reached at

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