Cisco Systems® announces the end of life of the Cisco® 12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card. The last day to order the Cisco12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card is March 31, 2005. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until March 31, 2010. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco 12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card. Table 2 lists the product numbers affected by this announcement.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco 12000 Series 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet ISE Line Card which features the IP Services Engine (ISE)-a powerful adaptive network processor (ANP) that combines the hardware performance of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) with the flexibility of software to deliver multiple robust network-edge features while maintaining predictable line-rate performance. Information about this product can be found at:
Table 3 provides relevant information for migrating from the Cisco 12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card to the Cisco 12000 Series 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet ISE Line Card.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco 12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card
End-of-life announcement date
The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.
March 19, 2004
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
March 31, 2005
Last shipment date
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead-time.
July 1, 2005
End of routine failure analysis date
The last possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of product failure or defect.
March 31, 2006
End of new service attachment date
For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.
March 31, 2006*
End of software maintenance releases date
The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.
March 31, 2008**
End of service contract renewal date
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. The extension or renewal period cannot extend beyond the last date of support.
March 31, 2009
Last date of support
The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.
March 31, 2010
* Revised March 31, 2008 to March 31, 2006
** Revised March 31, 2006 to March 31, 2008
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
End-of-Sale Product Part Number
Cisco 12000 series 3GbE line card
Spare part for 3GE-GBIC-SC
Product Migration Options
The recommended replacement for the Cisco 12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card is the Cisco 12000 Series 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet ISE Line Card (Table 3).
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco 12000 Series Three-Port Gigabit Ethernet Line Card
Cisco 12000 Series 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet ISE Line Card (Product Part Number: 4GE-SFP-LC=)
3 Mpps without features; 50-70% performance hit with features
3.6 Mpps with or without features
SX (500 m), LH (10 Km) and ZX (70 Km) pluggable GBIC
SX (500 m), LH (10 Km) and ZX (70 Km) pluggable SFP