The Cisco® ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards deliver an industry-leading thirty-six 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports to any slot of a Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Router. These high-capacity line cards are designed to remove bandwidth bottlenecks in the network today that are caused by a large increase in video-on-demand (VoD), IPTV, point-to-point video, Internet video, and cloud services traffic. These line cards deliver economical, scalable, highly available, line-rate Ethernet and IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) edge services. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series line cards and routers are designed to provide the fundamental infrastructure for scalable Carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS networks, allowing profitable business, residential, and mobile services (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Cisco ASR Series 9000 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card
Features and Benefits
The Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards are fully compatible with all Cisco ASR 9000 Series chassis, route switch processors (RSPs), and line cards. No hardware upgrade to the chassis or cooling system is required. Total bandwidth is dependent on the number and type of RSPs installed. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards are also fully compatible with the 22-slot Cisco ASR 9922 chassis.
Each line card provides simultaneous support for both Layer 2 and Layer 3 services and features, helping operators qualify and stock a single line card that can be deployed in any combination of Layer 2 and Layer 3 applications, thereby reducing capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx), as well as reducing the time required to develop and deploy new services. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series Ethernet line cards set a new standard for Layer 2 and Layer 3 service density and scale, allowing operators to offer predictable, managed transport services while optimizing the use of network assets.
The line cards, with their synchronization circuitry and dedicated backplane timing traces for accessing the RSP's Stratum-3 subsystem, provide standards-based line-interface functions for delivering and deriving transport-class network timing, allowing support of network-synchronized services and applications such as mobile backhaul and time-division multiplexing (TDM) migration. Coupled with the proper RSP, the line cards can also be used for applications requiring IEEE 1588v2 synchronization services. Recognizing that real-time media dominate next-generation services, Cisco has integrated media-monitoring technology into the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Ethernet line cards. This multimedia technology allows real-time monitoring and statistics collection of real-time video and voice flows, facilitating proactive maintenance and management of today's comprehensive media services.
Addressing the advantages of consolidating IP with the transport network, G.709 with Advanced Forward Error Correction (FEC) is provided. G.709 provides visibility into the transmission system to permit rapid detection and recovery from transmission-layer impairments. G.709 can also be configured for proactive protection if signal degradation is detected; it prevents traffic loss and link outages. Advanced FEC extends transmission-layer performance, delivering extended performance over an amplified system without the cost of regeneration or transponders.
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Ethernet line cards. Specific feature and scale support is hardware and software dependent.
Table 1. Features and Benefits of Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards
Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) interfaces
NetFlow, IEEE 802.1ag, IEEE 802.3ah, ITU Y.1731, IP service-level agreement (IP SLA), virtual circuit connectivity verification (VCCV), ping, and traceroute
Video monitoring (VidMon)
Provides real-time monitoring of video flows, including issuance of an alarm upon degradation
Cisco IOS® XR Software
Modular, patchable, restartable, scalable, highly available, carrier-core and edge-proven operating system
Derives and provides synchronization from and to Ethernet interfaces, Cisco ASR 9000 Series RSPs, and network synchronization interfaces
Cisco ASR 9000 support of the IEEE 1588-2008 protocol, providing the capability to distribute precision time and frequency across the network
Line Card Types
The Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards are available in Service Edge Optimized and Packet Transport Optimized variants.
• Service Edge Optimized line cards are designed for customer deployments requiring enhanced quality of service (QoS).
• Packet Transport Optimized line cards are designed for network deployments where basic QoS is required.
Different line card types may be mixed within the same system.
Feature licenses are also available to turn on advanced features on the line cards, as described in the "Software Licensing" section later in this document.
Table 2 provides product specifications for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards.
Table 2. Product Specifications
Compatible with the Cisco ASR 9000 Series 22-slot, 10-slot, and 6-slot chassis
36 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet per line card
• 10-Gbps IEEE 802.3 compliant
• 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY monitoring
• IEEE 802.x flow control
• Full-duplex operation
• 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
• 10-Gbps line-rate throughput per port
Each line card is available as either a Service Edge Optimized (enhanced QoS) or Packet Transport Optimized (basic QoS) line card
Reliability and availability
Line card online insertion and removal (OIR) support without system impact
Physical dimensions (H x W x D); weight
14 x 1.72 x 20.5 in.; 18.5 lb (35.56 x 4.37 x 52.07 cm; 8.4 kg)
Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS)
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed to meet:
• SR-3580: NEBS Criteria Levels (Level 3)
• GR-1089-CORE: NEBS EMC and Safety
• GR-63-CORE: NEBS Physical Protection
Operating temperature (nominal)
41 to 104ºF (5 to 40ºC)
23 to 131ºF (-5 to 55ºC)
Note: 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 (total of 360 hours in any given year, but no more than 15 occurrences during that 1-year period).
Operating humidity (nominal) (relative humidity)
10 to 85%
-40 to 158ºF (-40 to 70ºC)
Storage (relative humidity)
5 to 95%
Note: Not to exceed 0.024 kg of water per kg of dry air
-60 to 4000m (up to 2000m conforms to IEC, EN, UL, and CSA 60950 requirements)
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed to meet:
Both optimization versions of the Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards support optional per-line-card feature licenses to turn on advanced features. Layer 3 VPN licenses provide access to VPN Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances on a per-line-card basis. They include the Infrastructure VRF license to support up to 8 VRF instances and Advanced IP licenses to support up to full-scale VRF instances. The Advanced Optical license enables G.709 and FEC on a per-line-card basis. The Advanced Video license enables the inline video monitoring feature on a per-line-card basis. Table 3 lists the line card feature licenses.
Table 3. Feature Licenses for Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards
License Part Number
Infrastructure VRF license to enable up to 8 VRF instances per line card
Advanced IP license to enable full-scale VRF instances per Service Edge Optimized 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card
Advanced IP license to enable full-scale VRF instances per Transport Optimized 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card
Advanced Optical license to enable G.709 and FEC per 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card
Advanced Video license to enable inline video monitoring per 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card
System-Level Feature Licenses
Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards also support the deployment of advanced features based on Cisco ASR 9000 Series system-level licenses. The Lawful Intercept license enables lawful intercept for surveillance of packet streams that flow through Cisco ASR 9000 Series ports. The Advanced Mobile license enables the IEEE 1588-2008 protocol to distribute precision time and frequency across the network. The Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) license enables high-scale Ethernet BNG with session and subscriber awareness. Inline video monitoring on the line cards can also be enabled using a system-level Advanced Video license. Table 4 lists the system licenses supported by the line cards.
Table 4. System-Level Feature Licenses Supported by Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards
License Part Number
Lawful Intercept license to enable lawful intercept of packet streams for surveillance
Advanced Mobile license to enable IEEE 1588-2008 protocol to distribute precision timing and frequency
Broadband Network Gateway license to enable high-scale Ethernet BNG with session and subscriber awareness ( BNG is not supported on the 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card with XR release 4.2.2)
Advanced Video license to enable inline video monitoring for all line cards in the system
Table 5 provides ordering information for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series 36-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards. For software license part numbers, see the preceding Tables 3 and 4.
Table 5. Ordering Information
Cisco ASR 9000 36-Port 10GE Service Edge Optimized Line Card, requires SFP+ optics
Cisco ASR 9000 36-Port 10GE Packet Transport Optimized Line Card, requires SFP+ optics
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