Friday, July 3, 2020

Intel and NVIDIA make mergers this week

It’s been a big week for computer chip makers Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. as Intel acquired Moovit and NVIDIA moved to acquire Cumulus Networks.

Moovit’s urban mobility app offers trip planning, combining public transit, bike and scooter services, car-sharing, and ride-hailing. The merger, announced May 4, 2020, will allow Intel to expand its Mobileye mobility provider to include cybertaxi services. About the merger, Professor Amnon Shashua, CEO of Mobileye states:

“Moovit’s massive global user base, proprietary transportation data, global editors community, strong partnerships with key transit and mobility ecosystem partners, and highly skilled team is what makes them a great investment. Moovit is a strong brand trusted by hundreds of millions of people globally. Together, with Mobileye’s extensive capabilities in mapping and self-driving technology, we will be able to accelerate our timeline to transform the future of mobility.”

Cumulus, located in Mountain View, California, runs its Cumulus Linux operating system on over 100 hardware platforms. In a statement on their blog about the merger, NVIDIA says:

“With Cumulus, NVIDIA can innovate and optimize across the entire networking stack from chips and systems to software including analytics like CumulusNetQ, delivering great performance and value to customers. This open networking platform is extensible and allows enterprise and cloud-scale data centers full control over their operations.”

NVIDIA’s acquisition of Cumulus comes on the heels of their $7 billion deal with Mellanox, completed on April 27, 2020. Their Mellanox Spectrum switches were already shipping out with Cumulus software.

Hot commodities in Israel

Interestingly, Moovit and Mellanox are located in Israel, which seems to be a focus for Intel and NVIDIA lately. In 2019, Intel acquired Habana Labs, also based in Israel.

Intel and Nvidia, giants in the computer industry

Nvidia is well known for its computer graphics chips. In 1999, it reinvented modern computer graphics with the invention of the GPU, allowing real-time, programmable shading. Since then, it’s been a favorite of many gamers and creators. Nvidia controls about 76% of the GPU market.

Named by Forbes as #13 of The World’s Most Valuable Brands, Intel is known for its computer core processors. About 80 percent of personal computers around the world contain Intel processors.

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