Two billion processors designed by ARM shipped in the first quarter of 2012, banking the UK chip biz forecast-busting profits for Q2. While the rest of the semiconductor industry apparently suffered a 4 per cent slump year-on-year in shipments, the Cambridge-based company said it enjoyed a 9 per cent rise - marking the highest …
tiny slice billions of times
Way to make a profit. Also these thin royalties, at around 3p/chip, are going to make it extremely difficult for any other design competitor to get into this market. Anyone using their designs are going to be making very many instances, so it's not as if this IP can be used for much without knowledge.
Re: tiny slice billions of times
Difficult to make an immediate business case of course, given the piffling revenues and the very high cost of development and providing the whole development "eco-structure" required. However, if a large enough corporation (who might that be?), or a state intent on developing a strategic presence (which country might that be?) decided to buy into the market at whatever up-front cost with the thought that they could eventually obtain market dominance, then it might yet happen. Of course anti-trust and international market regulators would be alive to such things wouldn't they...
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