At the urging of Softbank, ARM has added about 2,000 employees, with a total of nearly 6,000 employees. This makes the existing office space of ARM very narrow. ARM employees are scattered in six low office buildings.
ARM will soon be relocated to a new $61 million office building, with wires of more than 1,000 kilometers in length. Although the building was built before the acquisition of ARM by Softbank in 2016, the new office building will help ARM achieve its new goals.
"The new office building is quite low-key, but it's good and big," Muller said.
Established in 1990, ARM quietly grew into the largest listed company in the UK before being acquired by Softbank for $32 billion. It empowers the world's largest technology company to design chips, so almost every cell phone, smartphone, tablet computer is equipped with ARM chips.
Because Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son has bigger goals, ARM officials have to stand in the spotlight. At the meeting, Sun Zhengyi asked ARM executives not only to focus on the day-to-day management of the company, but to implement longer-term plans. He insisted that ARM submit 10-year business plan progress every month, focusing on the future.