Cisco Versatile Interface Processors

EoL Announcement for Cisco Versatile Interface Processor 2-40

Product Bulletin, No. 2340

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement
for the Cisco Versatile Interface Processor 2-40

Cisco Systems® announces the end of life of the Cisco® Versatile Interface Processor 2, Model 40 (VIP2-40). The last day to order the Cisco VIP2-40 is April 30, 2004. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until April 30, 2009. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco VIP2-40.

Customers are encouraged to migrate to newer and higher-performance versatile interface processors such as the Cisco VIP4-50, VIP4-80 and VIP6-80. Information about these products can be found at: .

Table 2 provides relevant information for migrating from the Cisco VIP2-40 to the VIP4-50, VIP4-80 and VIP6-80.

Table 1   End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Versatile Interface Processor 2-40

Milestone  Definition  Date 
End-of-Life Announcement Date

The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.

October 31, 2003

End-of-Sale Date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

April 30, 2004

Last Shipment Date

The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead-time.

July 31, 2004

End of Software Maintenance Releases Date

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.

April 30, 2005

End of Routine Failure Analysis Date

The last possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of product failure or defect.

April 30, 2005

End of New Service Attachment Date

For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.

April 30, 2005

End of Service Contract Renewal Date

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. The extension or renewal period cannot extend beyond the last date of support.

January 31, 2008

Last Date of Support

The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.

April 30, 2009

Product Migration Options

The recommended replacement for the Cisco VIP2-40 is the VIP4-50, VIP4-80 and VIP6-80 (Table 2). The replacement products offer up to two times the aggregate bandwidth and up to 60 percent switching performance improvement.

Table 2   Product Comparisons

  VIP2-40 (End of Life)  VIP4-50  VIP4-80  VIP6-80 





Switching Performance





Distributed Services





Product Part Numbers









Note:    Because of the end of sale of the Cisco VIP2-40, the Token Ring port adapter (part number PA-4R-DTR) will no longer be orderable with the Cisco 7500 Series Router. Token Ring will continue to be supported on the Cisco 7500 Series. Customers may still purchase the spare Token Ring port adapter (part number PA-4R-DTR=) for use with existing VIP2-40s. For new Token Ring deployments, customers should consider the Cisco 7204 VXR or Cisco 7206 VXR routers.

Customers can use the Cisco Technology Migration Plan (TMP) to trade in products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For more information about Cisco TMP, go to: . The Cisco TMP application requires all users to have a user ID.

Additional Information

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