“ARM holds licenses to core technologies, so Son is effectively taking control of the roulette table,” said Yoshihisa Toyosaki, an analyst at Architect Grand Design, an electronics research and consulting company in Tokyo. “It would be interesting to see how his thinking will impact ARM’s strategy going forward.”
Son is making the case that the company’s biggest-ever acquisition will go beyond smartphones and is an investment in the future of connected devices, also known as the Internet of Things. Apple Inc., Google, Samsung Electronics Co., General Electric Co. and other tech giants have connected thermostats, washers and watches to the web. Whatever those devices will be, and whatever software runs on them, Son is wagering they will run on silicon designed by ARM.