® 7600 Series Ethernet Services Plus High Density (ES Plus HD) line cards are designed for high port density for Ethernet services delivery. The line cards allow service prioritization for voice, video, data, and wireless mobility services and can connect to LAN, WAN, and Optical Transport Network Physical Layer (OTN PHY) interfaces. Service providers and enterprises benefit from the efficiency gains in power consumption, improved economics from higher density, as well as advanced features, which can be transported using G.709 and Forward Error Correction (FEC), allowing optical links to span greater distances.
The ES Plus HD cards use the ES Plus card family architecture that relies on programmable interface processors, protecting network investments and reducing total cost of ownership. The extensible design maximizes connectivity options and offers superior service intelligence through programmable interface processors operating at line rate. This data sheet contains the specifications for the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD line cards, which are shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards
Designed for IP/MPLS provider edge networks, and WAN, metropolitan-area network (MAN) and optical transport network (OTN) applications, the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD line cards support high 10-Gbps port densities with eight 10-Gbps ports per line card. The cards feature hierarchical quality of service (QoS), locally significant VLANs, and up to 16,000 VLAN IDs per line card for comprehensive services at scale. The cards provide the unique ability to combine both Layer 2 and Layer 3 services on the same line card. The combination of native Ethernet Layer 2 switching, bridging, Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS), Ethernet over MPLS (EoMPLS), and Layer 3 IP/MPLS routing distinguishes these line cards from other products on the market, particularly in Carrier Ethernet applications.
Additionally, the ES Plus HD line cards have integrated transport capabilities with WAN PHY and G.709 Generic FEC (using the 76-ES+OTN/G.709 license) support on the 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The ability to span even greater distances between Cisco 7600 Series Routers is supported with Enhanced Forward Error Correction (EFEC) in the Cisco 7600 Series (back-to-back connections). Operations, administration, and maintenance (OA&M) capabilities are supported in both OTN and WAN PHY interface controller modes, providing insight into link quality and data transmission health.
The ES Plus HD line cards also include synchronization circuitry, allowing them to provide standards-based functions for delivering and deriving transport-class network timing, providing support for network-synchronized services and applications such as mobile backhaul and time-division multiplexing (TDM) migration.
Recognizing that real-time media dominate next-generation services, Cisco has integrated video monitoring technology into the ES Plus HD line cards. This multimedia technology provides real-time monitoring and statistics collection for video flows, supporting proactive maintenance and management of today's media-rich services, without the use of additional service modules or external probes. To see a video demonstration of inline video monitoring from Cisco in action, visit
The innovative architecture of these industry-leading, premium Ethernet services line cards is designed to deliver cost-effective, high-touch features, combining both application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and network processor technology for an optimal combination of performance and flexibility. The Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD line cards provide distributed forwarding with proven ASIC technology in the forwarding path (routing, switching, NetFlow, and access control lists [ACLs]), and queuing and shaping functions to optimize the performance of these foundational features. Additionally, four programmable network processors are included in the forwarding plane to facilitate flexibility and feature growth. This outstanding technology combination provides customers with the necessary flexibility for future service deployments and allows them to scale the system capacity as required.
Key Features and Benefits
Table 1 summarizes the major features and benefits of the line cards.
Table 1. Key Features and Benefits of the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards
ES Plus HD Line Cards
Line card form factor
Eight 10-GE ports
Offers economical, high-density, high-performance, premium Carrier Ethernet services with excellent scalability for solutions that require uplink redundancy
LAN PHY support at first customer shipment (FCS); WAN and OTN PHY support in a post-FCS software release
Oversubscribed with four 10-GE ports at line rate
Provides line-rate forwarding performance up to 40 Gbps under all conditions and up to 60 Gbps under special conditions
Up to 200 ms combined bidirectional buffering
Switch fabric connectivity
Two 20-Gbps fabric channels
Uses the Cisco 7600 Series 720-Gbps switch fabric for data forwarding; two fabric channels are used that are not present in slots 1 through 8 on the Cisco 7613 chassis
Online insertion and removal (OIR)
Supports OIR of the line cards
Provides hitless OIR to minimize impact of add, change, and remove operations
Table 2 lists product specifications for the line cards.
Table 2. Product Specifications for the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards
All Cisco 7600 Series Router chassis, except the Cisco 7603, which has reached end of sale and end of life; Cisco 7603-S is fully supported
CiscoWorks, CiscoView, and CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME), Cisco Active Network Abstraction (ANA), Cisco Video Assurance Monitoring Solution (VAMS)
Occupies one slot in a Cisco 7600 Series Router
Up to 8 ES Plus HD line cards (any type) in a Cisco 7609 or 7609-S 9-slot chassis
Requires Cisco Supervisor Engine 720-3B or 3BXL, RSP720 or later
Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.75 x 15.375 x 16 in.
• 76-ES+T-8TG: 12.5 lbs
• 76-ES+XT-8TG3CXL:12.5 lbs
Maximum power consumption (watts)
• 76-ES+T-8TG: 432W
Status: green (operational); orange (faulty)
CSA C22.2 No. 60950
ITU-T G.664 Automatic Laser Shutdown (ALS)
FCC Part 15 Class A
ICES-003 Class A
VCCI Class A
EN55022 Class A
CISPR22 Class A
AS/NZS3548 Class A
ITU-T G.664 (ALS)
ITU-T G.709 (OTN)
ITU-T G.783 Sections 9-10
ITU-T G.957 Table 3
ITU-T G.958FCC Part 15 Class A
ITU-T G.975.I.4 (EFEC)
Network clock references
G.8261 (No SSM)
G.8264 (No ESMC)
Table 3 summarizes feature support specifications for the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards. Table 4 lists feature support specifications for inline video monitoring, Table 5 describes OTN feature support, Table 6 summarizes SONET/SDH WAN PHY feature support, and Table 7 lists support for Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) modules.
Table 3. Feature Support
Carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS network protocols
IPv4 unicast and multicast
IPv6 unicast and multicast
Layer 2 multicast
MPLS Provider Edge Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs
MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE)
MPLS Fast Reroute (FRR)
Differentiated Services (DiffServ) aware MPLS TE
Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) and IP-in-IP tunneling
Ethernet Bridging and Ethernet Multipoint Bridging (E-MPB)
Ethernet over MPLS (EoMPLS)
Switch port: access and trunk
VPLS and H-VPLS
VLAN and Spanning Tree Protocols
Per VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST)
Virtual Switch Tagging (VST)
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) Protocol: IEEE 802.1s
VLAN ACL (VACL)
VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
Ethernet Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (EOAM), Connection Fault Management (CFM), and Y.1731
Modular QoS CLI (MQC)
Policing granularity down to ingress, egress, physical interfaces, and VLAN
Access control lists
Classification, marking, policing, and queuing
DiffServ Code Point (DSCP)
Complex remarking of Ethernet and IP/MPLS headers
Weighted Random Early Detection (WRED) based on IP Prec, DSCP, and MPLS EXP
Table 7. ES Plus HD Line Card SFP+ Modules Supported
Part Number for ES Plus HD line cards 10-Gbps SFP+
6.2 miles (10 km)
Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards Basic IP License
The ES Plus HD line cards have two feature license options with the following part numbers: 76-ES+BASIC-LIC (Basic license, including IPv6) and 76-ES+ADVIP-LIC (Advanced IP license).
The Basic license entitles you to use the Cisco IOS Software Release 15S functions on the Cisco 7600 ES Plus HD line cards with the following exceptions:
• Multicast VPN (MVPN)
• Layer 3 IP/MPLS VPN/6VPE
• Cisco Intelligent Services Gateway (ISG)
• Optical Transport Network (OTN)
• Inline Video Monitoring (VidMon)
Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards Advanced IP License
The Advanced IP license entitles you to use Cisco IOS Software Release 15S on the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD line cards with the following functions in addition to the Basic license:
• Layer 3 IP/MPLS VPN
One Advanced IP license is needed for each of the ES Plus HD line cards in the system where these features are enabled.
The Advanced IP license does not entitle you to use features contained in the Optical Transport Network, Intelligent Services Gateway, or Video Services licenses on the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD line cards.
Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards Optical Transport Network License
The Optical Transport Network license (part number 76-ES+OTN-LIC) is available for purchase when the OTN capability (G.709/FEC/EFEC) is to be used, and is required on each line card where OTN will be enabled.
Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards Intelligent Services Gateway License
The Intelligent Services Gateway license (part number 76-ES+ISG-LIC) entitles use of the BNG features of Cisco IOS Software Release 15S on the Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus line cards.
The 76-ES+ISG-LIC is purchased per chassis in increments of 8000 subscribers requiring BNG features, with eight MPLS VPNs per license.
Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Line Cards Video Monitoring License
The ES Plus Video Monitoring license (part number 76-ES+VIDEO-LIC) is available for purchase when the Video Monitoring capability is to be used, and is required on each chassis where Video Monitoring will be performed.
Table 8. Ordering Information
Cisco 7600 ES Plus HD Transport, LAN/WAN PHY, OTN/G.709, 8x10GE, SFP+
Cisco 7600 ES Plus HD, LAN/WAN PHY, OTN/G.709, 8x10GE, SFP+
Cisco 7600 Series ES Plus HD Basic License
Cisco 7600 Series Ethernet Services Plus Advanced License
Cisco 7600 Series ES+ OTN PHY (G.709/FEC/EFEC) License
Cisco 7600 Series Ethernet Services Plus Intelligent Services Gateway License
Cisco 7600 Series Ethernet Services Plus Video Monitoring License
To Download the Software
Cisco Software Center to download Cisco IOS Software Release 15.2(4)S (or later) for use with the Supervisor Engine 720 or Route Switch Processor 720.
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