TOKYO Japanese electronics firm Toshiba Corp.
said it had been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice
about its flash memory business in the key U.S. market.
That comes after Toshiba's U.S. partner, SanDisk Corp, said
on Friday it and its chief executive had received grand jury
subpoenas indicating a government probe into possible
price-fixing in the NAND flash memory industry.
A Toshiba spokesman in Tokyo, Keisuke Ohmori, said on
Saturday the company's U.S. semiconductor sales unit, Toshiba
America Electronic Components, had received the subpoena.
In a regulatory filing on Friday, SanDisk said the
subpoenas served to it and CEO Eli Harari followed a suit last
month that alleged price-fixing of flash memory.
The filing said 23 other companies were also sued for the
NAND flash memory is used in digital cameras and music
players such as Apple Inc's iPod.
Other makers of NAND flash include South Korea's Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd and Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Officials at Samsung, the world's largest maker of NAND
flash memory chips, were not immediately available for
(Additional reporting by Cheon Jong-woo in Seoul)