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Nvidia offers bid for Israeli chip firm Mellanox: report

A bidding war for supercomputer chip maker Mellanox ended Monday with Nvidia announcing it will acquire the San Jose-based company for almost $7 billion.

Data center revenue accounts for almost a third of Nvidia's sales. Nvidia and Mellanox, meanwhile, have worked together in the past but the acquisition creates new opportunities for the company in terms of datacenter-caliber computing tech.

When the acquisition is complete, NVIDIA says that it will invest in local talent in Israel. "It will probably spark questions as to whether Nvidia sees anything changing regarding the growth trajectory of their core data center business".

NVIDIA is reportedly eying off an acquisition of Mellanox for a huge $7 billion, according top sources familiar with the matter reports Reuters.

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Nvidia's advantage is that it would have a greater chance of obtaining USA and Chinese regulatory approval as Intel and Mellanox control the market for InfiniBand technology, a networking communications standard commonly used in supercomputers, Calcalist said. The combined company will power more than half of the world's 500 largest computers, the company said. Microsoft and Xilinx, a US-based supplier of programmable logic devices, were also allegedly eying up the company. Mellanox specializes in datacenter connectivity, paratactically high-bandwidth Ethernet and InfiniBand products, for use in high-performance systems.

A report on the technology website for the Israeli daily newspaper Calcalist claims that Nvidia has shown a firm interest in acquiring Mellanox Technologies.

The emergence of AI and data science, as well as billions of simultaneous computer users, is fueling skyrocketing demand on the world's datacenters. 'Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to form a giant data centre-scale compute engine.

Seyrafi estimates the deal will increase Nvidia's annual revenue by about 11%. Combining our two companies comes as a natural extension of our longstanding partnership and is a great fit given our common performance-driven cultures.

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