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Field Notice: FN - 63046 - CRS - 1OC768-POS-SR cards May Experience Bit Error Rate (BER) Incidents Due to Onboard Short - Fix on Failure

Cisco - Field Notice: FN - 63046 - CRS - 1OC768-POS-SR Cards May Experience Bit Error Rate (BER) Incidents Due to Onboard Short - Fix on Failure

Revised May 26, 2010
April 23, 2008


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Revision History

Revision Date Comment
1.2
26-MAY-2010
Retired upgrade program.
1.1
06-MAY-2008
Modified "IOC768" to read "1OC768" - Products Affected, Workaround / Solution, and How to Identify Hardware Levels.
1.0
23-APR-2008
Initial Public Release

Products Affected

Products Affected Top Assembly Printed Circuit Assembly Comments Hardware Revision
Part Number Revision Part Number Revision
1OC768-POS-SR
800-16968-04 D0 73-6893-09 D0 Includes version previous to stated version. Exact SN list provided below.
03

Problem Description

OC768 cards operating on the CRS-1 chassis may encounter intermittent burst BER events several months after installation due to dendrite growth. A dendrite is a crystal with a tree-like branching structure that is formed when a metal, or an alloy of multiple metals, in liquid form freezes. Packaging contamination can allow molding compounds to absorb moisture through the package body and between the lead frame molding compound interface causing dendrite formation. Combined with moisture, this results in a lowering of resistance between tracks and pads and can lead to metal corrosion.

Background

Contamination resulting from the assembly process or materials used in the packaging of the OC768 Mux and Demux chips may result in corrosion and dendrite growth occurring on some in-package capacitors. The corrosion products and/or growth of these dendrites will eventually cause long-term reliability issues for the device. Failure is gradual and very dependant on the environment with time and temperature as accelerators.

Problem Symptoms

The end-user may initially experience intermittent BER bursts. This will be followed by more frequent BER bursts. Further deterioration will result in a transmit out of alignment (TXOOA) error flag which can be manually cleared. Eventually the interface reaches a state of "frame lock asserted" and is unable to transmit traffic from the interface.

Workaround/Solution

Cisco recommends replacing the affected hardware (1OC768-POS-SR). Although a replacement program was available in the past, it is now closed. Follow the Cisco RMA process to request a replacement and indicate AFN and FN63046.

As of approximately February 22, 2008 new products that were manufactured under Engineering Change Order E092422 and Deviation Number D094933 are free of this problem. Please refer to the How to Identify Hardware Levels section below for instructions on how to view the version and deviation of in-service product.

Note: Proactive Replacements fulfilled through the recall process typically take 2-3 weeks. Normal service level agreements do not apply to replacement requests related to this Field notice. Products that fall within the sited serial number range are NOT affected by this problem if they have ECO E092422 and Deviation D094933 applied.

How To Identify Hardware Levels

  1. Check the 1OC768-POS-SR by using the show diag command below. If the TAN is higher than 800-16968-04, the 1OC768-POS-SR has been upgraded and does not need replacing. No further checks are necessary.
  2. Check the Deviation Number by using the show diag command below. If the Deviation number is D094933, the 1OC768-POS-SR has already been reworked and does not need replacing, and no further checks are necessary. If the deviation is N/A as in the output below, proceed to step three.
  3. If the TAN is 800-16968-04 or lower, check all suspect boards using the SN Validation tool. If a serial number is found in the list as Affected, replace the 1OC768-POS-SR using the Cisco RMA process and refer to this FN.

    Execute the show diag command as seen below to check the 800 TAN number and deviation number.

    PLIM 0/3/CPU0 : Cisco CRS-1 Series 1xOC768/STM256 POS Interface Module/SR  
    MAIN: board type 600083
    800-16968-04 rev B0<------------- TAN # is here
    dev N/A<-------------------- Deviation # is here
    S/N SAD111200CF
    PCA: 73-6893-09 rev B0
    PID: 1OC768-POS-SR
    VID: V03
    CLEI: IPUIA1BRAB
    ECI: 149222
    Board State : IOS XR RUN
    PLD: Motherboard: 0x0025, Processor: 0xdb88, Power: N/A
    MONLIB: QNXFFS Monlib Version 3.1
    ROMMON: Version 1.45(20070517:152402) [CRS-1 ROMMON]
    CPU0: N/A, CPU1: N/A
    SPEED: OSC Speed: 133 Mhz, CPU Speed: 1197 Mhz
    BUS Speed: 133 Mhz, MEM Speed: 133 Mhz
    MEM Size: 2048 Mbytes
    Interface port config: 1 Ports
    Optical reach type: Short Reach (SR)
    Connector type: SC
  4. Verify the serial number is affected with the Serial Validation tool.

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