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Cisco 100GBASE CFP Modules Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco® 100GBASE CFP modules offer customers 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options for data center networking, enterprise core aggregation, and service provider transport applications.

Features and Benefits

Main features of Cisco 100GBASE CFP modules include:

   Supports 100GBASE Ethernet

   Hot-swappable input-output device that plugs into an Ethernet CFP port of a Cisco switch or router

   Provides flexibility of interface choice

   Supports “pay-as-you-populate” model

   Supports digital optical monitoring (DOM)

   Supports the Cisco quality identification (ID) feature that enables a Cisco switch to identify whether the module is certified and tested by Cisco

Cisco CFP-100G-LR4

The Cisco 100GBASE-LR4 (Figure 1) CFP module supports a link length of 10 kilometers on standard single-mode fiber (SMF, G.652). 100 Gigabit Ethernet signal is carried over four wavelengths. Multiplexing and demultiplexing of the four wavelengths are managed within the device.

Figure 1.      Cisco 100G-LR4 CFP Module

Cisco CFP-100G-SR10

The Cisco 100GBASE-SR10 (Figure 2) CFP module supports link lengths of 100 meters and 150 meters respectively on laser-optimized OM3 and OM4 multifiber cables. It primarily enables high-bandwidth 100-gigabit links over 24-fiber ribbon cables terminated with MPO/MTP-24 connectors. It can also be used in 10 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet mode along with ribbon to duplex fiber breakout cables for connectivity to ten 10GBASE-SR optical interfaces. Maximum channel insertion loss allowed is respectively 1.9 dB over 100m of OM3 cable or 1.5 dB over 150m of OM4 cable.

Figure 2.      Cisco CFP-100G-SR10 Module

Cisco CFP-100G-ER4

The Cisco 100GBASE-ER4 (Figure 3) CFP module can support link lengths up to 40 kilometers on standard duplex single-mode fiber (SMF, G.652) terminated with SC/PC optical connectors. 100 Gigabit Ethernet signal is carried over four wavelengths. Multiplexing and demultiplexing of the four wavelengths are managed within the device. The Cisco 100GBASE-ER4 CFP module meets the IEEE 802.3ba requirements for 100GBASE-ER4 performance and also supports Digital Optical Monitoring (DOM) of the transmit-and-receive optical signal levels.

Figure 3.      Cisco CFP-100G-ER4

Technical Specifications

Platform Support

Cisco CFP modules are supported on Cisco switches and routers. For more details, refer to the document Cisco 100-Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver Modules Compatibility Matrix.

Connectors and Cabling

Connectors: Dual SC/PC Connector (LR4 and ER4), 24-fiber MPO/MTP Connector (SR10).

Note:    Only connections with patch cords with physical contact (PC) or ultra physical contact (UPC) connectors are supported. Patch cords with APC connectors are not supported. All cables and cable assemblies used must be compliant with the standards specified in the standards section.

Table 1 provides cabling specifications for the Cisco CFP modules.

Table 1.       CFP Port Fiber Specifications

Cisco CFP

Wavelength (nm)

Fiber Type

Core Size (microns)

Modal Bandwidth (MHz-km)***

Max Distance*

Cisco CFP-100G-LR4

1310 band (LAN-WDM)




10 km

Cisco CFP-100G-SR10





2000 (OM3)

4700 (OM4)



Cisco CFP-100G-ER4

1310 band (LAN-WDM)




40 km****

* Minimum cabling distance required is 2 meters for Cisco CFP 100G-LR4 module and 0.5 meters for Cisco CFP 100G-SR10 module.
** Considered an engineered link with maximum 1dB allocated to connectors and splice loss.
*** Specified at transmission wavelength.
**** Links longer than 30 km for the same link power budget are considered engineered links. Attenuation for such links needs to be less than the worst case specified for single-mode fiber.

Table 2 shows the main optical characteristics.

Table 2.       CFP Port Fiber Specifications



Average Transmit Power (dBm)

Average Receive Power (dBm)

Transmit and Receive Wavelength





Cisco CFP-100G-LR4

100GBASE-LR4 1310 nm SMF

4.5 per lane

-4.3 per lane

4.5 per lane

-10.6 per lane

Four lanes, 1295.6 nm, 1300.1 nm, 1304.6 nm, and 1309.1 nm

Cisco CFP-100G-SR10

100GBASE-SR10 850 nm MMF

-1.0 per lane

-7.6 per lane

2.4 per lane

-9.5 per lane

Ten lanes, 840 to
850 nm

Cisco CFP-100G-ER4

100GBASE-ER4 1310 nm SMF

2.9 per lane

-2.9 per lane

4.5 per lane

-20.9 per lane

Four lanes, 1295.6 nm, 1300.1 nm, 1304.6 nm, and 1309.1 nm


   Dimensions (D x W x H): 144.8 x 82 x 13.6 mm

   Cisco CFP modules typically weigh less than 300 grams.

Environmental Conditions and Power Requirements

   The operating temperature range is between 32 and 158°F (0 to 70°C)

   The storage temperature range is -40 to 185° F (-40 to 85° C)

   The maximum power consumption per Cisco CFP-100G-LR4 module is 24W

   The maximum power consumption per Cisco CFP-100G-SR10 module is 12W

   The maximum power consumption per Cisco CFP-100G-ER4 module is 24W


   Standard warranty: 90 days

   Extended warranty (optional): Cisco CFP modules can be covered in a Cisco SMARTnet® Service support contract for the Cisco switch or router chassis

Table 3 provides the ordering information for Cisco CFP modules and related cables.

Table 3.       Ordering Cisco CFP Modules and Respective Cables


Part Number

Cisco 100GBASE-LR4 CFP Module for SMF (<10 km)


Cisco 100GBASE-SR10 CFP Module for MMF (<100m OM3/< 150m OM4)


Cisco 100GBASE-ER4 CFP Module for SMF (<40 km)


Regulatory and Standards Compliance


     GR-20-CORE: Generic Requirements for Optical Fiber and Optical Fiber Cable

     GR-326-CORE: Generic Requirements for Single-Mode Optical Connectors and Jumper Assemblies

     IEEE 802.3ba

     CFP MSA:

   RoHS-Compliant Safety:

     Laser Class 1 21CFR-1040 LN#50 7/2001

     Laser Class 1 IEC60825-1

Additional Information

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