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Oracle Wants a Chip Company? Which One?

ellisonOracle may not have a five-year acquisition budget –or a one-year acquisition budget, for that matter–but if it did it would include a line item for a chip company or two. CEO Larry Ellison says the company’s acquisitive appetites these days are leaning toward silicon.

“Our focus is to build our [intellectual property] portfolio,” he said during a meeting with analysts Thursday. “You could see us buying chip companies. Silicon is very important.”

So if Oracle (ORCL) were to acquire a chip company, which would it be? Wall Street seems to think it’s ARM. The chip designer’s shares spiked about six percent following Ellison’s remarks, though it’s not clear that ARM is what he had in mind when he made them. Certainly there are other potential targets: Broadcom, Marvell (MRVL), Nvidia (NVDA) and AMD (AMD), of course. Said Gleacher & Co. analyst Doug Freedman, “You’ve got to think it’s focused on enterprise hardware, on the server. AMD jumps off the screen.”

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik