If we told you Sony was getting looked into by the DOJ, what would you guess it was for? The exploding batteries? The PlayStation 3 release? Actually, it's for their Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) business.
The Japanese company received a subpoena from the Justice Department's antitrust division seeking information about Sony's static random access memory, or SRAM, business, company spokesman Atsuo Omagari said.
SRAM is found in relatively small quantities in personal computers. It's also used in disk drives, communications equipment and networking gear.
He would not elaborate on who manufactures the chips for Sony or to whom Sony sells them.
A separate DOJ investigation into price-fixing among DRAM companies has so far resulted in more than a dozen charges against individuals and more than $731 million in fines against Samsung Electronics Co., Elpida Memory Inc., Infineon Technologies AG (IFX) and Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Seriously, it's not like we actively look for Sony's bad news. But it's like shooting a barrel full of drunk monkeys—you're bound to go home with at least one.