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Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 6.xx

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Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 6.xx

NextPort SPE Firmware and Dial Feature Card Overview

NextPort SPE Firmware Feature Table

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.108

Caveats for Release 6.108

NextPort Firmware Caveats

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.106

Caveats for Release 6.106

NextPort Firmware Caveats

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.93

Caveats for Release 6.93

NextPort Firmware Caveats

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.87

Caveats for Release 6.87

NextPort Firmware Caveats

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.85

Caveats for Release 6.85

NextPort Firmware Caveats

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.81

Caveats for Release 6.81

NextPort Firmware Caveats

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Finding Software Bugs

Downloading NextPort SPE Firmware

SPE Download Tasks

Related Links

Obtaining Documentation

World Wide Web

Documentation CD-ROM

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco.com

Technical Assistance Center

Cisco TAC Web Site

Cisco TAC Escalation Center


Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 6.xx


April 26, 2003

These release notes contain Cisco NextPort dial feature card (DFC) firmware version code information.

This document contains the following sections:

NextPort SPE Firmware and Dial Feature Card Overview

NextPort SPE Firmware Feature Table

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.108

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.106

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.93

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.87

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.85

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.81

Downloading NextPort SPE Firmware

Related Links

Obtaining Documentation

Obtaining Technical Assistance

NextPort SPE Firmware and Dial Feature Card Overview

NextPort SPE firmware is software that drives the DSP portion of the Cisco NextPort dial feature cards (DFCs). NextPort firmware includes NextPort SPE firmware and Cisco software code that together drive the NextPort DFC cards.

You cannot load new NextPort firmware without getting a new Cisco IOS release that includes the new code. However, you can load just the NextPort APE firmware.

NextPort SPE firmware runs on the NextPort DFC60, DFC108, and UPC324 DFCs on Cisco AS5350, AS5400, and AS5850 universal gateways, and Cisco AS5800 universal access servers. The ports on these modules can support both modem, voice, fax and digital services and can be aggregated at any of the following levels:

Slot level of the NextPort module

SPE level within the NextPort module

Individual port level

For more information about the NextPort DFC, the Cisco AS5350, AS5400, and AS5850 universal gateways, and Cisco AS5800 universal access servers, and NextPort firmware, refer to the "Related Links" section.

NextPort SPE Firmware Feature Table

Table 1 contains feature content for Version 6.108.

Table 1 Cisco NextPort Features 

NextPort SPE Firmware Version
New NextPort SPE Firmware Features

6.108

Adds new features to existing 6.106 features. See the "New With SPE Firmware Version 6.108" section.

New NextPort SPE S Registers

S Registers:

S54 bit mapped register

S59 V.90 Transmit Level Setting

S75 Answer Tone Length

6.106

Adds new features to existing 6.93 features. See the "New With SPE Firmware Version 6.106" section.

New NextPort SPE S Registers

S Registers:

S64 Link Standard

S78 K56Plus

6.93

Adds features to existing Version 6.81 features. See the "New With SPE Firmware Version 6.93" section.

Voice Codecs

G.711, G.723.1 (5.3K and 6.3K), G.729a, G.729ab

DSP Voice Features

G.168 echo cancellation, up to 128 ms tail length

Transparent transcoding between A-law and mu-law encoding

Voice activity detection, silence suppression, comfort noise generation, fixed and adaptive jitter buffering

Call progress tone detection and generation—Dial tone, busy, ring-back, congestion, and re-order tones with local country variants

DTMF and MF

Voice and Fax Signaling Protocols

H.323v2

T.38 real-time fax relay at modulations V.17, V.29 and V.27ter.

DTMF Relay (out-of-band only)

6.87

Adds features to existing Version 6.85 features. See the "New With SPE Firmware Version 6.87" section.

6.85

Adds features to existing Version 6.81 features. See the "New With SPE Firmware Version 6.85" section

6.81

Initial release. See the "New With SPE Firmware Version 6.81" section.

Fax Signaling Protocols

Fax out (transmission) Group 3, standards EIA 2388 Class 2 and EIA 592

Class 2.0 at modulations of V.33, V.17, V.29, V.27ter, and V.21

ISDN Protocols

Sync mode PPP

V.110 at rates up to 38400 bps

Async V.120 at speeds of 64K and 56K for T1 and E1

Modem Modulations

V.90 standard supporting rates of 56,000 to 28,000 in 1333 bps increments

K56Flex at 56,000 to 32,000 in 2000 bps increments

ITU-T V.34 Annex 12 at 33,600 and 31,200 bps

ITU-T V.34 at 28,800, 26,400, 24,000, 21,600, 19,200, 16,800,14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, 4800, or 2400 bps

V.32bis at 14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, 4800; V.32 at 9600 and 4800; V.22bis and 2400 or 1200; V.21at 300; Bell at 103 and 300; V.22 at 1200; V.23 at 1200/75

Modem Protocols

ITU-T V.42 (including MNP 2-4 and LAPM) error correction

ITU-T V.42bis (1000 nodes) and Microcom Networking Protocol (MNP) 5 data compression

Async-mode PPP

Wireless Protocols

V.110


New With SPE Firmware Version 6.108

The following three new S registers were added to SPE firmware 6.108:

S54 bit mapped S register—By setting S54 equal to 4, the V.25 answer tones (2100 Hz) are disabled for V.22bis modulations and lower.

S75 [11] Answer Tone Length—allows you to configure the number of phase reversals of the answer tone (In units of 450ms). For V.90, K56Flex, and V.34 default duration is 4950ms. All other modulations the default duration is 3600ms.

0-255 = Number of phase reversals of the answer tone

S59 [6] V.90 Transmit Level Setting

0:-6dBm

1:-7dBm

2:-8dBm

3:-9dBm

4:-10dBm

5:-11dBm

6:-12dBm

7:-13dBm

8:-14dBm

9:-15dBm

10:-16dBm

Caveats for Release 6.108

This section describes known problems with NextPort Firmware and NextPort SPE firmware. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats

CSCdu02016—Some ports are unable to transmit data after reaching steady state

CSCdv73152— Characters Tx is always 0

CSCdv51292—Upload big file failed after passing traffic for some time

CSCdv75228—Unable to make outbound modem calls or use modemcap after voice call

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.106

The following new S register was added to SPE firmware 6.106:

S64 Link Standard

S78 K56Plus

Caveats for Release 6.106

This section describes known problems with NextPort Firmware and NextPort SPE firmware. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats

CSCdt70273—NextPort gateway services do not initiate global data on restart

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats

CSCds71659—Degraded CSR 97-98% for g729abr8 VAD t1/PRI with 2.1.3.92

CSCdt51654—AT%R does not show digital data service options

CSCdt57352—T38 call fails on Cisco AS5400 from australia to australia

CSCdt82268—7002 session abort on startup test

CSCdt83157—7005 session abort during 2.3.0.103 call-drop regression testing

CSCdt87502—Calltracker record does not identify a particular client

CSCdt90663—7001 session abort due csmv6 software crash (FA fail code)

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdt85338—Need the ability to set Tx power level for V.90

CSCdu12284—High number of bad frames/PPR for V.17 12K fax-relay

CSCdu30217—dtmf-relay h245-alpha/g711 with ABC digits cause switch to FAX

CSCdu40292—Dispose ip.formaterr errors with NextPort modems

CSCdu52981—V.32bis handshake failure with Cisco AS5350

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.93

The following new features were added for Version 6.93:

Voice Codecs—G.711, G.723.1 (5.3K and 6.3K), G.729a, G.729ab

DSP Voice Features

G.168 echo cancellation, up to 128 ms tail length

Transparent transcoding between A-law and mu-law encoding

Voice activity detection, silence suppression, comfort noise generation, fixed and adaptive jitter buffering

Call progress tone detection and generation—Dial tone, busy, ring-back, congestion, and re-order tones with local country variants

DTMF and MF

Voice and Fax Signaling Protocols

H.323v2

T.38 real-time fax relay at modulations V.17, V.29 and V.27ter.

DTMF Relay (out-of-band only)

Caveats for Release 6.93

This section describes known problems and resolved caveats with Cisco NextPort Firmware and Cisco NextPort SPE firmware.

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats

CSCds18037 3—Power level stats are reported as positive values

Unresolved Caveats

CSCds892393—CNG tone detection is too sensitive, prone to false triggers

CSCds898544—Minimum Playout Delay value of 0 not supported for Voice/Fax

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats

CSCds385223—Digital Pad Compensation is Always 1.

CSCds385453—V.90 DIL (Index 51) is incorrect

CSCdr329293—S32 Signal Quality Threshold does not seem to work.

CSCdr485002—7003 EST-6-RUNTIME_ERROR caused by AT%VATZ

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr506474—Payload Type Protocol Violation

CSCds716593—degraded CSR 97-98% for g729abr8 VAD t1/PRI with 2.1.3.92

CSCdt002073—Calls of 1 second call duration not pegged on originating gateway

CSCdt106963—SPE crashed during fax stress test

CSCdt261614—Problem with at%r missing 2 s reg. s52 + s53

CSCdt116112—70020BAD session abort seen on Tetryl

CSCdt147972—ATO from command state drops the connection, failed on all SPE versions

CSCdt186893—Cisco NextPort needs complete parity support

CSCdt197446—Need the capability of setting a configurable answer tone (S220)

CSCdt198235—AT%R is missing value 8 (v.110) for S29

CSCdt233263—Cisco NextPort AT interface hangs on call setup failure - no result code seen

CSCdt105163—Fax relay high speed modulation statistic missing

CSCdt2977 3—show spe voice summary shows multiple errors

CSCdt396564—T38INFO shows invalid FAXSTATE

CSCdt516544—AT%R does not show digital data service options

CSCdt529022—7002/7001 during 270 fax E1 R2 stress test

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.87

No new features were added in this release.

Caveats for Release 6.87

This section describes known problems with NextPort Firmware and NextPort SPE firmware. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr89674—Generation of R2 digits are out of spec. shows -9.5 or colder

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr41432—Outgoing FXS calls using NextPort fail because dial tone is not detected

CSCdr89657—R2 Digits Fails on-time duration variances of 50 ms and below

CSCdr89665—R2 digits not detected when twist is applied at =<50ms of on-time

CSCdr89670—R2 digits not detected below -14 with on-time duration of 50ms

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.85

There are no new features added with this release.

Caveats for Release 6.85

This section describes known problems with NextPort Firmware and NextPort SPE firmware. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr33913—Clients do not grant fall-forward requests to CSM modem

CSCdr41432—Outgoing FXS calls using NextPort fail because dial tone is not detected

CSCdr89674—Generation of R2 digits are out of spec. shows -9.5 or colder

CSCdr91992—Poor modem performance seen with Lucent vendor

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr72167—Channel down message immediately after a download fail

CSCdr89657—R2 Digits Fails on-time duration variances of 50 ms and below

CSCdr89665—R2 digits not detected when twist is applied at =<50ms of on-time

CSCdr89670—R2 digits not detected below -14 with on-time duration of 50ms

New With SPE Firmware Version 6.81

The following features were added in this release:

Fax Signaling Protocols

Fax out (transmission) Group 3, standards EIA 2388 Class 2 and EIA 592

Class 2.0 at modulations of V.33, V.17, V.29, V.27ter, and V.21

ISDN Protocols

Sync mode PPP

V.110 at rates up to 38400 bps

Async V.120 at speeds of 64K and 56K for T1 and E1

Modem Modulations

V.90 standard supporting rates of 56,000 to 28,000 in 1333 bps increments

K56Flex at 56,000 to 32,000 in 2000 bps increments

ITU-T V.34 Annex 12 at 33,600 and 31,200 bps

ITU-T V.34 at 28,800, 26,400, 24,000, 21,600, 19,200, 16,800,14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, 4800, or 2400 bps

V.32bis at 14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, 4800; V.32 at 9600 and 4800; V.22bis and 2400 or 1200; V.21at 300; Bell at 103 and 300; V.22 at 1200; V.23 at 1200/75

Modem Protocols

ITU-T V.42 (including MNP 2-4 and LAPM) error correction

ITU-T V.42bis (1000 nodes) and Microcom Networking Protocol (MNP) 5 data compression

Async-mode PPP

Wireless Protocols

V.110

Caveats for Release 6.81

This section describes known problems with NextPort Firmware and NextPort SPE firmware. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr41432—Outgoing FXS calls using NextPort fail because dial tone is not detected

CSCdr45091—MF-R1 generated digits are too high at -2.5

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdr21930—R2 digits are not detected below -33

CSCdr22868—MF-R1 Taiwan fails absolute power detection at -4 and higher

CSCdr33913—Clients do not grant fall-forward requests to CSM modem

CSCdr34724—S23/S24 (LAP-M & MNP Enable/Disable) not working

CSCdr42083—Extra AT command characters, and entering ato disconnects the call

CSCdr42572—Session aborts at beta site 0x70020BAD

CSCdr46673—Vendor TA gets garbled characters with show commands

Finding Software Bugs

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Service & Support: Online Technical Support: Software Bug Toolkit
Or at
http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/Support/Bugtool/launch_bugtool.pl

Downloading NextPort SPE Firmware

NextPort SPE firmware is downloaded using the spe command. The spe command allows firmware to be downloaded to the service processing element, or SPE.

SPE Download Tasks

To download modem firmware, follow these steps, beginning by entering the spe command:


Step 1 Enter the spe command and subcommands, one configuration command per line:

Router# configure terminal
Router(config)# spe slot/spe_begin slot/spe_end
Router(config-spe)# firmware location system:/ucode/np_spe_firmware1
Router(config-spe)# ^Z

For example, the following display shows a Cisco AS5400 SPE download to all modems in Slot 1 (that is, all modems on a feature card containing 18 6-port modem modules). The modem code resides in the Flash memory, and the modem code filename is dfc108-firmware.6.81.

Router(config)# spe 1/0 1/17
Router(config-spe)# firmware location flash:dfc108-firmware.6.81

Step 2 Copy the configuration from running RAM into NVRAM:

Router# copy running-config startup-config

Download occurs when the modems become available and shows the SPE firmware upgrade option defined (default: busyout). The spe command generates NVRAM modem download and configuration file entries.


Note If the configuration is not saved as described above, download of the firmware specified with the spe command will not occur after the next reboot.


For detailed information on the spe command, refer to the Cisco document,
SPE and Firmware Download Enhancements.


Related Links

For further information about Cisco NextPort Firmware and Cisco IOS Software, refer to the following related sources:

AT Command Set and Register Summary for NextPort Universal Digital Signal Processor Platforms

Caveats, Cisco IOS Release 12.2.

Cisco AS5350 documentation index

Cisco AS5400 documentation index

Cisco AS5800 documentation index

Cisco AS5850 documentation index

Configuration Guides and Command References, Cisco IOS Release 12.2

Managing Port Services on the Cisco AS5400 Universal Access Server

NextPort SPE Firmware Release Notes index


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Software Download

SPE and Firmware Download Enhancements

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