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Cisco CRS Series 42 port Gigabit Ethernet Interface Module

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The Cisco® CRS-1 Carrier Routing System is the industry’s first carrier router offering continuous system operation, unprecedented service flexibility, and system longevity. The Cisco CRS-1 is powered by Cisco IOS® XR Software – a unique self-healing, distributed operating system. As part of a video-enabled, IP Next-Generation Network (NGN), the Cisco CRS-1 Series platform delivers continuous, always-on operation that easily scales to support the massive bandwidth requirements of visual networking experiences such as high-definition IPTV and Cisco TelePresence®. These services demand a platform that delivers predictable forwarding performance and efficient, intelligent, fabric-based multicast replication. The Cisco CRS-1 Series helps enable the Internet and NGNs to handle the approaching zettabyte era of carrier IP communications while protecting network investments for decades to come.

Product Overview

The Cisco CRS Series 42 Port Gigabit Ethernet Interface Module (Figure 1) provides 42 line-rate, IEEE 802.3-compliant Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Physical interface characteristics can be selected using different modular Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) optics – short, long, extra long, and copper interfaces are supported. Extensive per-port and per-VLAN counters simplify network performance monitoring and troubleshooting.

Figure 1.      Cisco CRS Series 42 Port Gigabit Ethernet Interface Module


Features and Benefits

   42 line-rate Gigabit Ethernet (GE) full duplex interfaces

   Per-port flexibility for interface distance – selected using the appropriate SFP optical or copper modules

   Compatible with all Cisco CRS Series chassis

   Supports in-use insertion and removal without the need to power down the chassis

   Simple configuration, monitoring, and maintenance

Product Specifications

Table 1.       Product Specifications



Chassis compatibility

Compatible with all Cisco CRS-1 and CRS-3 chassis

Requires one of the following forwarding engines (for CRS-1 chassis): CRS-FP40 (on CRS-4/S and CRS-8/S only), CRS-MSC-40G-B (on CRS-4/S, CRS-8/S, CRS-16/S, and CRS Multi-chassis)

Software compatibility

Cisco IOS XR Software Release 3.8.1 or later for CRS-1

Cisco IOS XR Software Release 4.0.0 or later for CRS-3

Port density

Forty-two ports of Gigabit Ethernet per card, each using SFP physical interfaces

SFPs supported:

  Short wavelength (SX)
  Long reach/long haul (LX/LH)
  Extended distance (ZX) SFP
  Copper (RJ-45) SFP-GE-T


Encapsulations: ARPA, IEEE 802.2/SAP, IEEE 802.3/SNAP

IEEE 802.3x flow control

Jumbo frames (9188 bytes)

IEEE 802.1p tagging

Source and destination MAC accounting and VLAN accounting


Full-duplex operation

802.1Q VLAN termination

Per-port byte and packet counters for policy drops; oversubscription drops; cyclic redundancy check (CRC) error drops; packet sizes; and unicast, multicast, and broadcast packets

Per-VLAN byte and packet counters for policy drops, oversubscription drops, and unicast, multicast, and broadcast packets

Per-port byte counters for good bytes and dropped bytes

LED indicators

Shared port adaptor (SPA) status: Bicolor green and amber LEDs encode the SPA status as follows:

  LED off: SPA is powered off
  LED amber: SPA is powered on and initializing
  LED green: SPA is powered on and operational

In addition to the status LED, the SPAs also have a bicolor, surface-mount, right-angle LED dedicated to each port to indicate port status. The green and amber LEDs encode the port status as follows:

  LED off: Port is not enabled by software
  LED: Port is enabled by software, but there is a problem with the Ethernet link
  LED green: Port is enabled by software, and there is a valid Ethernet link

Reliability and availability

Online insertion and removal (OIR) without affecting system traffic

Field-replaceable SFP optical modules

Network management

Cisco IOS XR Software command-line interface (CLI)

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Extensible Markup Language (XML) interface

Physical dimensions

Occupies one physical layer interface module (PLIM) slot

Weight: 8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Height: 20.6 in. (52.2 cm)

Depth: 11.2 in. (28.4 cm)

Width: 1.8 in. (4.49 cm)



Environmental conditions

Storage temperature: –40 to 70°C (–40 to 158°F)

Operating temperature:

Normal: 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)

Short-term: –5 to 50°C (23 to 122°F)

Relative humidity:

Normal: 5% to 85%

Short-term: 5% to 90% but not to exceed 0.024 kg water/kg of dry air

Short-term refers to a period of not more than 96 consecutive hours and a total of not more than 15 days in one year. (This refers to a total of 360 hours in any given year, but no more than 15 occurrences during that 1-year period.)

Approvals and Compliance

Table 2.       Compliance and Agency Approvals



Safety standards

UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1

IEC/EN 60825 Laser Safety


AS/NZS 60950

FDA – Code of Federal Regulations Laser Safety

Electromagnetic interference (EMI)

FCC Class A

ICES 003 Class A

AS/NZS 3548 Class A

CISPR 22 (EN55022) Class A

VCCI Class A

BSMI Class A

IEC/EN 61000-3-2: Power line harmonics

IEC/EN 61000-3-3: Voltage fluctuations and flicker

Immunity (basic standards)

IEC/EN-61000-4-2: Electrostatic discharge immunity (8 kV contact, 15 kV air)

IEC/EN-61000-4-3: Radiated immunity (10 V/m)

IEC/EN-61000-4-4: Electrical fast transient immunity (2 kV power, 1 kV signal)

IEC/EN-61000-4-5: Surge AC port (4 kV CM, 2 kV DM)

IEC/EN-61000-4-5: Signal ports (1 kV)

IEC/EN-61000-4-5: Surge DC port (1 kV)

IEC/EN-61000-4-6: Immunity to conducted disturbances (10 Vrms)

IEC/EN-61000-4-8: Power frequency magnetic field immunity (30 A/m)

IEC/EN-61000-4-11: Voltage dips, short interruptions, and voltage variations


EN300 386: Telecommunications Network Equipment (EMC)

EN55022: Information Technology Equipment (Emissions)

EN55024: Information Technology Equipment (Immunity)

EN50082-1/EN-61000-6-1: Generic Immunity Standard

Network equipment building systems (NEBS)

This product is designed to meet the following requirements (qualification in progress):

SR-3580: NEBS Criteria Levels (Level 3)

GR-1089-CORE: NEBS EMC and Safety

GR-63-CORE: NEBS Physical Protection


Additional Specifications

Table 3.       Optical Specifications: Modular SFP Optics

Gigabit Ethernet SFP Optics

Maximum Distance

SX SFP optics

1804 ft (550 m)

LX/LH SFP optics

6.2 mi (10 km)

ZX SFP optics

43.5 mi (70 km)

Copper (RJ-45) SFP optics

328 ft (100 m)

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page.

Table 4.       Ordering Information

Product Part Number

Product Name


Cisco CRS-1 Series 42x1GE Interface Module


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-SX short wavelength; with DOM


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-LX/LH long-wavelength; with DOM


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-ZX extended distance; with DOM


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-T NEBS 3 ESD


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-SX short wavelength; with DOM


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-LX/LH long-wavelength; with DOM


Cisco Extended Temperature 1000BASE-ZX extended distance; with DOM

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Select Cisco Gigabit Ethernet SFP Modules:

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