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Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.x.y

Table Of Contents

Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.x.y

NextPort SPE Firmware and Dial Feature Card Overview

NextPort SPE Firmware Features

New With SPE Firmware

Caveats for Release 7.18.3

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.18.3

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.18.3

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.18.3

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.18.3

Caveats for Release 7.16.2

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.16.2

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.16.2

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.16.2

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.16.2

Caveats for Release 7.15.3

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.15.3

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.15.3

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.15.3

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.15.3

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 7.x.y


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 Features

Caveats for Release 7.16.2

Caveats for Release 7.15.3

Finding Software Bugs

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 IOS software code that together drive the NextPort DFC cards.

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

NextPort SPE firmware runs on the NextPort DFC60, DFC108, and UPC324 DFCs on the Cisco AS5350, Cisco AS5400, Cisco AS5800, and Cisco AS5850. 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, refer to the "Related Links" section.

NextPort SPE Firmware Features

Table 1 contains feature content for Version 7.x.y. Each firmware version contains fixes that have been resolved in earlier versions.

Table 1 Cisco NextPort Features 

NextPort SPE Firmware Version
New NextPort SPE Firmware Features

7.18.3

Maintenance release. There are no new features. See the "Caveats for Release 7.18.3" section. This version contains fixes from NextPort Firmware Release 7.17. Refer to the "Caveats for Release 7.17" section on page -4 of the Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.xx document on Cisco.com.

7.16.2

Maintenance release. There are no new features. See the "Caveats for Release 7.16.2" section. This version contains fixes from NextPort Firmware Release 7.16. Refer to the "Caveats for Release 7.16" section on page -5 of the Combined Release Notes for Cisco NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.xx document on Cisco.com.

7.15.3

Initial 7.x.y release. See the "Caveats for Release 7.15.3" section.

Voice Codecs

G.711, G.723.1 (5.3K and 6.3K), G.729a, G.729ab, G.726 (16K,24K,32K,40K1 ), GSMFR, G.Clear, G.728

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

Modem passthrough

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

DTMF, MF, DTMF relay using NTE, DTMF relay RFC-2833

Voice and Fax Signaling Protocols

H.323v2, T.37, T.38 real-time fax relay at modulations V.17, V.29 and V.27ter

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

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

No Circuit Tone Generation and Detection

Large packet support for IVR

SR2275-Type 105 test tone1

ISDN Protocols

Sync mode PPP and V.110 at rates up to 38400 bps

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

Modem Modulations

V.92 Modem on Hold and Quick Connect

V.90 standard supporting rates of 56000 to 28000 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

V.32bis at 14400, 12000, 9600, 7200, 4800; V.32 at 9600, 4800; V.22bis at 2400, 1200; V.21 at 300; Bell 103 at 300; V.22 at 1200; V.23 at 1200/75

Modem Protocols

ITU-T V.44

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

1 This feature is supported by NextPort firmware but not by Cisco IOS Software.


New With SPE Firmware

This version of the NextPort SPE Firmware release notes introduces a new phase and version of SPE code.

Caveats for Release 7.18.3

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

NextPort Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.18.3

CSCdy62906—G.726-40 mask conflicts with fax relay

CSCdy33412—Service ID masks need to be added for G.clear and G.726

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.18.3

CSCdv85833—Need to implement G.726 Asynchronous Payload types

CSCdx71816—GSMFR SID frames not compatible between Cisco AS5400 and Cisco AS5300

CSCdy62168—7004 session abort with spe link-info enabled

CSCdv67096—Bogus S-register values for voice service

CSCdv77113—No branch dynamic LI notifications when LI interval set

CSCdw54654—Mail command first ACKd then NACKd

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.18.3

CSCdy44115—Dial modifiers lower case x and w stripped out of dial string

CSCdy20126—R2 active gets delay causing modem to be deactivated

CSCdy72024—Addition of echo canceller (EC) comfort noise generation

CSCdy72043—Echo canceller signal decay constants adjusted to the filter length

CSCdy72061—Double talk hangover counter resets immediately following near-end talker energy

CSCdz07240—Double detection of DTMF tones with several phones

CSCdx61444—Cisco AS5350 and Cisco AS5400 clipping speech at double talk condition

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.18.3

CSCdy40314—Setting playout delay max to 20ms cause end-to-end delay higher

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

CSCdx00509—T.38 Fax Relay on Cisco AS5400 to Cisco AS5300 fails random packet loss

CSCdx63996—Jitter degradation is greater than 10% for g723ar53 codec in 122-10.6.T versus XB2 image

CSCdx71846—G.726 interoperability with non-Cisco GW shows misordered 4 bit samples in payload

CSCdy02866—Cisco AS5850 MGCP: off-net to on-net fax sends blank pages

CSCdy23467—Setting minimum, initiation, maximum playout parameters the same causes 20ms extra delay

CSCdy29052—E2E delay does not return to initial value after background calls

CSCdy33137—SPE crashed: %NP_SSM-3-RUNTIME_ERROR: running FPT stress 20 ms red.

CSCdy37013— S54=64 (parity over echo cancellation or EC) makes EC fail for dialout calls

CSCdy60370—Disable DTMF in voice coding puts E2E delay longer

CSCdz13053—DTMF digits sent from IP phone are reported invalid

CSCdz15333—PT13/19 mismatch between Cisco AS5400 and Cisco AS5300 for generic SID frames

CSCdz15984—SPE crash with command 0XF103 with FPT MGCP stress

Caveats for Release 7.16.2

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 for NextPort Firmware Version 7.16.2

No known caveats have been resolved.

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.16.2

CSCdv67096—Bogus S-register values for voice service

CSCdv77113—No branch dynamic LI notifications when LI interval set

CSCdv85833—Need to implement G.726 asynchronous payload types

CSCdw54654—Mail command first ACKd then NACKd

CSCdy33412—Service ID masks need to be added for G.clear and G.726

CSCdx71816—GSMFR SID frames not compatible between Cisco AS5400 and Cisco AS5300

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.16.2

CSCdy40076—Non-redundancy modem passthrough between Cisco AS5400 and Cisco AS5300 fails

CSCdx70796—Cisco AS5400 initiates retrain and speedshift seconds after STEADY_STATE

CSCdx72925—Session runtime errors seen collecting DTMF digits with GSMFR

CSCdx87165—10-15 percent transponder COT failure on U-port boxes

CSCdy37902—Problem with G711+NTE fork

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.16.2

CSCdx00509—T.38 fax relay Cisco AS5400 to Cisco AS5300 fails random packet loss

CSCdx63996—Jitter degradation is greater than 10% for g723ar53 codec in 122-10.6.T versus XB2 image

CSCdx71846—G.726 interoperability with non-Cisco gateway (GW) shows misordered 4 bit samples in payload

CSCdy02866—Cisco AS5850 MGCP: off-net to on-net fax sends blank pages

CSCdy23467—Setting minimum, initiation, maximum playout parameters the same causes 20ms extra delay

CSCdy29052—E2E delay does not return to initial value after background calls

CSCdy33137—SPE crashed: %NP_SSM-3-RUNTIME_ERROR: running FPT stress 20ms red.

CSCdy37013—S54=64 parity over echo canceller (EC) makes EC fail for dialout calls

CSCdy40314—Setting playout max to 20ms causes end-end delay higher

CSCdy44115—Dial modifiers lower case x and w stripped out of dial string

Caveats for Release 7.15.3

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 for NextPort Firmware Version 7.15.3

CSCdx63895—Customer requests output attentuation range of 14 to -14

CSCdx32201—i960 code should only free Tx message after message has been processed

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort Firmware Version 7.15.3

CSCdx71816—GSMFR SID frames not compatible between Cisco AS5400 and Cisco AS5300

CSCdv85833—Need to implement G.726 asynchronous payload types

NextPort SPE Firmware Caveats

Resolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.15.3

CSCdv63039—Quick switch causes media branch termination

CSCdx56937—T.38 failure when MPT redundancy is on

CSCdw92961—8031 error observed in main branch removal attempt

CSCdx56937—T38 call fails if modem passthrough configured with redundancy only

Unresolved Caveats for NextPort SPE Firmware Version 7.15.3

CSCdw17295—A client modem fails CSR criteria for modem passthrough

CSCdw17322—Modem passthrough TTC is 5 to 12 seconds longer than for regular modem call

CSCdx00509—T.38 fax relay Cisco AS5400 to Cisco AS5300 fails random packet loss

CSCdx70796—Cisco AS5400 initiates retrain and speedshift seconds after STEADY_STATE

CSCdx71846—G.726 interoperability with non-Cisco gateway (GW) shows misordered 4 bit samples in payload

CSCdx72925—Session runtime errors seen collecting DTMF digits with GSMFR

Finding Software Bugs

If you have an account with Cisco.com, you can use Bug Navigator II to find caveats of any severity for any Cisco software release. You can reach Bug Navigator II on CCO at
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.1.1.6.81.

Router(config)# spe 1/0 1/17
Router(config-spe)# firmware location flash:dfc108-firmware.1.1.6.81

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

Obtaining Documentation

These sections explain how to obtain documentation from Cisco Systems.

World Wide Web

You can access the most current Cisco documentation on the World Wide Web at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com

Translated documentation is available at this URL:

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Documentation CD-ROM

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Ordering Documentation

You can order Cisco documentation in these ways:

Registered Cisco.com users (Cisco direct customers) can order Cisco product documentation from the Networking Products MarketPlace:

http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/order/order_root.pl

Registered Cisco.com users can order the Documentation CD-ROM through the online Subscription Store:

http://www.cisco.com/go/subscription

Nonregistered Cisco.com users can order documentation through a local account representative by calling Cisco Systems Corporate Headquarters (California, U.S.A.) at 408 526-7208 or, elsewhere in North America, by calling 800 553-NETS (6387).

Documentation Feedback

You can submit comments electronically on Cisco.com. In the Cisco Documentation home page, click the Fax or Email option in the "Leave Feedback" section at the bottom of the page.

You can e-mail your comments to bug-doc@cisco.com.

You can submit your comments by mail by using the response card behind the front cover of your document or by writing to the following address:

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We appreciate your comments.

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco provides Cisco.com as a starting point for all technical assistance. Customers and partners can obtain online documentation, troubleshooting tips, and sample configurations from online tools by using the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Web Site. Cisco.com registered users have complete access to the technical support resources on the Cisco TAC Web Site.

Cisco.com

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Cisco.com is a highly integrated Internet application and a powerful, easy-to-use tool that provides a broad range of features and services to help you with these tasks:

Streamline business processes and improve productivity

Resolve technical issues with online support

Download and test software packages

Order Cisco learning materials and merchandise

Register for online skill assessment, training, and certification programs

If you want to obtain customized information and service, you can self-register on Cisco.com. To access Cisco.com, go to this URL:

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Technical Assistance Center

The Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) is available to all customers who need technical assistance with a Cisco product, technology, or solution. Two levels of support are available: the Cisco TAC Web Site and the Cisco TAC Escalation Center.

Cisco TAC inquiries are categorized according to the urgency of the issue:

Priority level 4 (P4)—You need information or assistance concerning Cisco product capabilities, product installation, or basic product configuration.

Priority level 3 (P3)—Your network performance is degraded. Network functionality is noticeably impaired, but most business operations continue.

Priority level 2 (P2)—Your production network is severely degraded, affecting significant aspects of business operations. No workaround is available.

Priority level 1 (P1)—Your production network is down, and a critical impact to business operations will occur if service is not restored quickly. No workaround is available.

The Cisco TAC resource that you choose is based on the priority of the problem and the conditions of service contracts, when applicable.

Cisco TAC Web Site

You can use the Cisco TAC Web Site to resolve P3 and P4 issues yourself, saving both cost and time. The site provides around-the-clock access to online tools, knowledge bases, and software. To access the Cisco TAC Web Site, go to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/tac

All customers, partners, and resellers who have a valid Cisco service contract have complete access to the technical support resources on the Cisco TAC Web Site. The Cisco TAC Web Site requires a Cisco.com login ID and password. If you have a valid service contract but do not have a login ID or password, go to this URL to register:

http://www.cisco.com/register/

If you are a Cisco.com registered user, and you cannot resolve your technical issues by using the Cisco TAC Web Site, you can open a case online by using the TAC Case Open tool at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/tac/caseopen

If you have Internet access, we recommend that you open P3 and P4 cases through the Cisco TAC Web Site.

Cisco TAC Escalation Center

The Cisco TAC Escalation Center addresses priority level 1 or priority level 2 issues. These classifications are assigned when severe network degradation significantly impacts business operations. When you contact the TAC Escalation Center with a P1 or P2 problem, a Cisco TAC engineer automatically opens a case.

To obtain a directory of toll-free Cisco TAC telephone numbers for your country, go to this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/687/Directory/DirTAC.shtml

Before calling, please check with your network operations center to determine the level of Cisco support services to which your company is entitled: for example, SMARTnet, SMARTnet Onsite, or Network Supported Accounts (NSA). When you call the center, please have available your service agreement number and your product serial number.

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