Softbank’s $32 billion takeover of chip designer ARM in 2016 was pitched as a big bet on the internet of things by Japanese CEO Masayoshi Son. Less discussed was what it might do for the UK company’s business in Asia, specifically in China. The recent indications that the company will break with past practice to form a joint venture in China to develop chip IP is a signal that the country will be a major focus as ARM under Softbank seeks to build on its mobile dominance to pivot into connected car and IoT applications.

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