The main difference between arm and other chip designers: amd, intel and nvidia all sell physical chips, arm doesn't.
Nvidia will soon also begin licensing its mobile ip, like arm.
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The ARM Diaries, Part 1: How ARM's Business Model Works
We've had well over a decade of Intel sharing its beliefs with us, but this is ARM's first attempt at doing the same. What will follow over the next few posts are a bunch of disclosures, some related some not, attempting to bring everyone up to speed on where ARM is today and where ARM will be in the near future. The best place to start is with ARM's business model.