US Justice Dept investigates Sony SRam business


US Justice Dept investigates Sony SRam business

Antony Savvas

The US Department of Justice is investigating the static random access memory (SRam) business of Sony Electronics in the US.

Sony said, “Sony Electronics has received a subpoena from the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, seeking information about its static random access memory business. Sony intends to cooperate fully with the Department of Justice in what appears to be an industry-wide inquiry.”

It is reported that Samsung and Cypress Semiconductor have also been contacted by the Department of Justice about their SRam businesses and other companies are expected to be contacted too.

The Department of Justice is investigating possible anti-competitive behaviour in the SRam market. The move follows a recently completed investigation into the dynamic random access memory (DRam) market.

The DRam investigation led to a number of companies being fined millions of dollars for fixing DRam prices.

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