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NY 897010

April 22, 1994

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:110 897010


TARIFF NO.: 8471.99.1500

Mr. Scott Rodman
Storage Technology Corporation
2270 South 88th Street
Louisville, Co. 800028-0001

RE: The tariff classification of array controllers from a Foreign Trade Subzone.

Dear Mr. Rodman:

In your letter dated March 28, 1994, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration involves a model 9200 Iceberg Array Controller, and a model 9100 Nordique Array Controller which are designed to provide storage for the IBM mainframe computers. The Iceberg subsystem consists of a 9200 Disk Array Controller and one to four 9210 Disk Array Units. The 9200 controller features up to 512 MB of cache memory, and 8 MB of non-volatile storage (NVS). In addition, it provides up to 32 parallel channel interfaces. Each disk array unit stores 100 GB of equivalent traditional capacity. This provides a total storage capacity of 400 GB of equivalent traditional capacity within a single Iceberg subsystem.

The model 9100 is the controller for a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) storage subsystem for the intermediate mainframe environment. The Nordique RAID subsystem offers a 15 to 120 gigabyte capacity. The above controllers are intermediate units that are used for the control of data to the peripheral disk array unit, and from the central processing unit of an ADP system thereby providing "control" and "adaption" functions.

The applicable subheading for the model 9200 Iceberg Array Controller, and the model 9100 Nordique Array Controller will be 8471.99.1500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for control or adapter units. The rate of duty will be free.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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