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Cisco Network Convergence System 6000 Series 60-Port 10Gbps Multiservice Line Card Data Sheet

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Cisco® Network Convergence System (NCS) 6000 Series Routers offer exceptional network agility, packet optical convergence, and petabit-per-second system scale. The Cisco NCS 6000 Series also facilitates the buildout of the next-generation core to support elastic capacity at a low TCO and to deliver high-bandwidth mobile, video, and cloud services.

Using the industry-leading Cisco IOS® XR operating system, running in a virtualized environment, the Cisco NCS 6000 Series advances the concept of distributed routing and virtualization. Using virtualized Cisco IOS XR, the Cisco NCS 6000 Series brings new levels of programmability and virtualization to support a wider range of new offerings, accelerate provisioning, and make the network more cost effective.

The Cisco NCS 6000 Series is powered by Cisco nPower Network Processor Units (NPUs). Cisco nPower devices are state-of-the-art programmable forwarding application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), designed to deliver the industry’s first zero-packet loss (ZPL) and zero-topology loss (ZTL) software upgrade capability based on Cisco patented technologies.

The Cisco NCS 6000 Series is engineered for environmental efficiency by offering an adaptable power-consumption model for its ASICs and the use of revolutionary complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) photonics technology. With these technologies together, the Cisco NCS 6000 Series can offer a highly power-efficient footprint for service provider routing.

Figure 1. Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60-Port 10-Gbps Multiservice Line Card with SFP+ Optics

Features and Benefits

Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60-Port 10Gbps Multiservice Line Cards (Figure 1) are industry-leading solutions that allow service providers to offer very high throughput over 60 ports with 10-Gbps interfaces. Optimized for high-speed IP and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) forwarding applications, they provide industry-leading forwarding scale and quality of service (QoS) at wire rate.

Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60-port 10Gbs Multiservice Line Cards use the state-of-the-art Cisco nPowerX1e intelligent silicon design. Using enhanced small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) 10 Gigabit Ethernet modules, these cards support a variety of optical fibers, reaches, and optical capabilities.

The Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60-port 10Gbps Multiservice Line Cards offer significant advantages to service providers:

Industry-leading throughput with full IPv4, IPv6, and MPLS forwarding capabilities, optimized for high-throughput Internet core, peering, and edge applications

Advanced Cisco nPowerX1e Layer 3 forwarding NPU with industry-leading wire-rate lookup, forwarding, and QoS performance for IP and MPLS flows

Built-in hardware acceleration for critical network control traffic

Support across all Cisco NCS 6000 Series single-chassis and multichassis configurations for investment protection

Efficient environmental design by adapting the power consumption to active Cisco nPower resources only

In-service software upgrade

Independently programmable and upgradable NPUs with fault protection and isolation

Enhanced onboard multicore CPU for accelerated and scalable software processing

Integrated WAN physical layer (PHY), OTU-2 framers for G.709 termination at 10-Gbps speeds

Up to 1024 license-activated queues per 10 Gigabit Ethernet physical interface, with more than 61000 license-activated queues per card

Accurate hardware-assisted time-stamping support for OAM and service-level agreement (SLA) monitoring

Industry-leading environmental efficiency with a low power and weight profile per Gbps

Product Specifications

Table 1 provides a summary of the Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60-port 10Gbps line card specifications.

Table 1. Product Specifications



Software compatibility

Virtualized Cisco IOS-XR Software Release 5.0.1 or later

Port density

60 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet per line card slot


IEEE 802.3b compliant
10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY monitoring
IEEE 802.x flow control

Optical transport network (OTN) framing

Support for WANPHY and OTN framing (OTU-2)

Features and protocols

IP features:

IPv4 unicast services
IPv6 unicast services
IPv4 and IPv6 equal-cost multipath (ECMP) routing
IPv4 and IPv6 load balancing

Forwarding features:

Access control lists (ACLs and xACLs)
QoS and class of service (CoS) using modular QoS command line interface (CLI)
IP packet classification and marking
Queuing (both ingress and egress)
Policing (both ingress and egress)
Diagnostic and network management support

IPv4 multicast features:

Protocol-independent multicast (PIM) forwarding
IP multicast priority propagation
Multicast reverse path forwarding (RPF)
Multicast nonstop forwarding (NSF)
Multicast forwarding information base (MFIB)

MPLS features:

MPLS forwarding
MPLS load balancing
Traffic engineering and point-to-multipoint (P2MP) traffic engineering
Policy-based traffic engineering selection (PBTS)
User-Network Interface (UNI)
Link Management Protocol (LMP)

Security features:

Access control list
Unicast reverse path forwarding (uRPF)
Dynamic control plane protection (DCoPP)
Management plane protection
QoS-based policy propagation through Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

Error detection and fast convergence features:

Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
Ethernet OA&M (802.1ag and 802.3ah)
IP and MPLS fast reroute (FRR)
BGP Prefix-Independent Convergence


Cisco NetFlow
BGP policy accounting
MAC accounting


Line-rate packet forwarding and service
Nonblocking fabric performance for all IPv4, IPv6, and MPLS packet sizes
Maximum number of line cards per chassis: 8

Reliability and availability

Line card online insertion and removal (OIR) support without affecting system
In-service system upgrade of the switch fabric from single-chassis to multichassis
In-service software upgrade
Coexistence of Multiservice and Label Switch Router (LSR) cards in the same system

Network management

Cisco IOS XR Software CLI
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
Extensible Markup Language (XML) interface
Cisco Prime Network

Physical dimensions

Occupies a full slot in a Cisco NCS 6000 Series chassis
Size (H x D x W): 21.5 in. x 15.58 in. x 2.125 in
Weight: 26 lbs (11.8 Kg)

Environmental conditions

Compliant with GR-63-CORE requirements
Storage temperature: -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
Operating temperature:

Normal: 41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)

Short-term: 23 to 122°F (-5 to 50°C)[1]

Relative humidity:

Normal: 5 to 85%

Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60-port 10Gbps Multiservice Line Cards can be ordered in various optics configurations. Optics specifications are listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Optical Modules Specifications

Part Number

Product Description

Product Datasheet











10GBASE-ER 1550 nm SMF1




10GBase Tunable DWDM

( *) Tunable DWDM support on Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60 port 10Gbps MS line cards is planned in a future release.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage. Table 3 provides ordering information for the products listed in this datasheet.

Table 3. Ordering Information

Product Part Number

Product Name


Cisco NCS 6000 Series 60 Port 10Gigabit Ethernet Multiservice Line Card SFP+ Optics

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