This had to happen after Brexit.
Masayoshi Son seems to be a good person, he says he wants maintain ARM's independence while he'd like to improve ARM, but I worry if SoftBank has enough cash and future prospects to be able to sustain accelerated growth. Masayoshi Son is Japan's richest man, but is that enough? How many Billions of dollars can SoftBank spend on accelerating ARM's growth? Must ARM rely on the Japanese economy and on Alibaba's stock price going forward?
While I have always been one of the biggest Google fanboys, yet I have also been very disappointed when Google doesn't invest its cash where I think it's needed. Hardware. I wish Google's Alphabet would make a counter-offer, it could be at $45 Billion or so. Alphabet can afford it with their $75 Billion in cash on hand. Then ARM can be the A in Google's Alphabet. I believe Alphabet would have enough cash and prospects for growth to fund ARM's required accelerated growth.
The future of Technology has ARM at its core. Everything in the world needs to use ARM. It's very important how the company is managed and how it is owned. I do wish to see technological developments surrounding ARM for it to get the proper backing in terms of cash. If SoftBank can have that type of cash and the desire to make it happen, that can be good. But I believe Alphabet has that kind of cash, I just wonder if they have the desire.
Alphabet should offer $45 Billion for ARM with all the same conditions as SoftBank. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, get to it.
One thing's for sure. Europeans will loose control over the last remaining hope for global technological leadership. Thank you Brexit.
The new UK Government of Theresa May seems to be happy about it.
UK's best Technology company, Europe's best Technology company, to be taken over by a Japanese Telecom company. What does this mean for the future of Processors? What does this mean for the future of R&D, innovation, what does it mean for the future of the Tech industry? This is huge. Who is SoftBank? What does SoftBank's CEO and Founder Masayoshi Son want to do with the future of Technology?
SoftBank has previously acquired Alderaban Robotics, they want to have Humanoid Robots everywhere. Ex-Googler Nikesh Aurora was president of SoftBank (and upcomong CEO) until 3 weeks ago, because SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son decided to stay CEO for another 5-10 years after his upcoming 60th anniversary.
SoftBank got its money from being successful Japanese Telecom carrier, and also by investing $20 Million in Alibaba in 2000, now worth $61 Billion, and having recently sold a lot of its Alibaba shares, this means SoftBank has a lot of cash to spend.
Who is SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son? What is his plan for the future of Technology? What does he plan to do with ARM? Is this really happening?
The Queen is our last chance to save europe.
I have been enthusiastic about the 13.3" ultra-light flexible E Ink Mobius based e-readers since I filmed the Sony DPT-S1 in January 2014 here: http://armdevices.net/2014/01/19/e-ink-booth-tour-at-ces-2014-sony-dpt-s1-smartwatches-wall-clocks-and-more/ and from Netronix in January 2015 and in June 2015. The folks at Goodereader are teaming up with a supplier to get the 13.3" E-reader available to Indiegogo backers for about $699 a piece at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/13-3-inch-android-e-reader/x/585198#/ I believe that the 13.3" E Ink E-reader form factor can be totally awesome, especially if real-time multi-user collaborative apps become very user friendly on this user interface.
Crowdfunded at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nexdock-the-world-s-most-affordable-laptop--2/x/585198#/ NexDock used ARMdevices.net's $500 Shenzhen Sourcing service and probably a lot of the ideas that I have been posting on this blog since before 2012 before launching the idea on Indiegogo. NexDock is an Empty Laptop 14" concept, with HDMI input to use the Empty laptop's display from any device with HDMI output, then with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to then control that same device as long as it has Bluetooth support. The device can be any Smartphone with MHL, Slimport, USB Type-C MHL or DisplayPort output, it can be any HDMI Stick, Development boards can also work. The Empty Lapdop Dock can also charge any device using one of its USB charging ports, I guess with 2A power output.
Nathan Brookwood has been following the microprocessor and SoC markets since 1995. He has been involved in the high technology industry since his days at Univac, where he had the opportunity to walk inside the central processor of an early mainframe system. He presently serves as the research fellow at Insight 64, an organization he founded in 1998 to monitor and report on the computer industry's transition from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms. You can contact Nathan Brookwood at Nathan@Insight64.com
My interview with Acer and Computex Founder Stan Shih, I try to ask him about the lack of Investments in new technology for Taiwan to take leadership in technological development instead of working for American brands, how Taiwan's design and implementation of ARM technologies including Smartphones, Tablets, and ARM powered Laptops, Servers and IoT represents the future for Taiwan, how Taiwan may or may not be able to define technological development more than just to serve Intel's, Microsoft's and Apple's agenda. Stan Shih says that if he follows American rules, he will always loose.
- During this year, we'll get sub-$150 and sub-$100 Chromebooks, of course ARM Powered and it'll definitely prove Chromebooks have overtaken Windows/Mac on the global market. Offline/accelerated web apps galore, including offline HTML5 video-editing.
- We'll get sub-$50 Chromesticks, different front Chromecast as these will do full ARM Powered Chrome OS on a stick.
- Chromecast 2 incoming, this time will support streaming of every video and audio codec. Support MHL 3 or 4 with 4K playback built-in, Ethernet port!
- Android One to come to all Countries in the form of sub-$20 Android phones, Android One to support Spreadtrum lowest cost Android chip.
- Google will actually ship real hardware out of Google X! Hopefully this including innovative display technologies, feeding all Android ecosystem with lower power consuming better visibility at a lower cost. Google Powered Giant Displays possible too.
- Robots take over... the marketing. We should see child-sized Robots trend at trade shows, and launched by tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook.
- Smart home makes sense. How to make sense of it, will have to do with ultra low cost, ultra long battery powered, easy to use stuff.
- Phablet becomes the best of high end to low end. Most consumers of the world will love the 6-7" form factor as ultimate productivity at portability.
- VR mass market is Smartphone powered, with new 3D camera systems, becomes new media experience.
- Next-gen Android is Tango, IR sensors with 3D depth cameras on all Smartphones and tablets, enable amazingly accurate indoor positioning, object recognition, a vision for the blind, a new set of eyes for the Internet, a new digital understanding of everything.
- Massive Innovation required in industry as smart devices industry consolidates, as prices for basic smart devices goes down to minimum. Though market grows also as 2 Billion new consumers can afford to acquire these cheaper smart devices during the year.
- 4K is the spec to make TVs and projectors more profitable.
- Giant tech corporations better used by Governments to improve society. Including to improve transportation, housing, social interactions, jobs, food, commerce, finance and everything else.
- Year of the smartwatch. Especially the ones with low power always-on display.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, the Head of Consulting at IDTechEx discuss the printed electronics, graphene, and supercapacitor industries. Khasha looks at the potential but also some of the challenges facing graphene and draws parallels with the CNT world. Khasha defines the broad and diverse printed electronics industry and explains how there is a wide spectrum of commercial maturity.