ARM will sell the 51 percent of ARM Technology China to a consortium led by Hou An Innovation Fund, jointly managed by ARM and Chinese private equity firm Hopu Investments. The chipmaker will then form a joint venture (JV) with the consortium.
The big idea is that the deal will help boost opportunities for ARM in China which will see the licensing of Arm semiconductor technology to Chinese companies and locally develop technology in China and expand its opportunities in the Chinese market. At least that is what ARM's new owner Softbank claims.
Backers of Hou An include sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation, Silk Road Fund, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, Shenzhen’s Shum Yip Group and Hopu.
ARM will, however, continue to get a significant proportion of all license, royalty, software and services revenue earned by ARM China’s licensing of its chips, SoftBank said.
ARM’s China semiconductor technology IP business accounted for about a fifth of its revenue in the year ended March 2018.