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Product Bulletin - No. 1166
End of Sale Notice for Cisco NPE-200 for the Cisco uBR7200 Series RoutersCisco Systems is announcing the end of sale (EoS) for the Cisco NPE-200 network processing engine supported on the Cisco uBR7223 and uBR7246 routers, effective August 31, 2000. The Cisco NPE-225 offers improved performance at a lower price and is the suggested replacement product for the NPE-200 (Table 1). The Cisco NPE-200 remains available for ordering as a configuration option in Cisco uBR7200 systems until August 31, 2000. The Cisco NPE-200 will be orderable as a spare until January 31, 2001.
This notice does not affect the bundled configurations available for the Cisco uBR7223 and uBR7246 routers. Currently, the Cisco uBR7223 offers five unique bundling options, including the Cisco uBR7223-MC11C, Cisco uBR7223-MC12C, Cisco uBR7223-MC14C, Cisco uBR7223-MC16C, and the Cisco uBR7223-MC16S. Each bundle is configured with the Cisco NPE-225. The single Cisco uBR7246-MC11C bundle also contains the NPE-225.
Upgrade PathThe recommended upgrade path for the Cisco NPE-200 is to the NPE-225. This network processing engine has a higher sustained throughput rate, offering higher performance at a lower price. The Cisco NPE-225 uses a high-performance 263-MHz RM5271 RISC processor, compared with the 200-MHz R5000 RISC processor of the NPE-200. In addition, the Cisco NPE-225 supports additional caching and SDRAM memory capacity.
Table 1 Product Substitution
•Higher packet forwarding rate
•Support for a wider range of PCMCIA flash memory capacity
•High-performance 263-MHz RM5271 RISC processor
•2-MB Layer 2 cache and 64-MB SDRAM (expandable to 128 MB)
Cisco IOS SoftwareCisco NPE-225 is supported on the Cisco uBR7223, uBR7246, and uBR7246VXR platforms, with a minimum Cisco IOS® software version of 12.0(7)T, 12.0(6)SC, 12.1(1), 12.1(1)T, and 12.1(2)EC (Table 2). Cisco IOS releases 12.0SC, 12.1, 12.1T, and 12.1EC will be the last releases of Cisco IOS software that will support the Cisco NPE-200.
Table 2 Configuration Flexibility
Support ProgramsEoS refers to the time when certain products are no longer available for new purchases (Table 3). It does not apply to the service and support programs for those products. Cisco will continue to support the Cisco NPE-200 after EoS through the Cisco SMARTnet™ and Comprehensive Maintenance programs. Customers with either of these service contracts are entitled to free software updates through all maintenance releases of 12.0SC, 12.1, 12.1T and 12.1EC, 24-hour phone support through the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC), and advance replacement hardware for repairs. Comprehensive Maintenance customers also receive on-site service. Customers who do not have a maintenance contract can purchase software updates and hardware repair services from Cisco to meet specific requirements rather than full service coverage. Cisco is committed to providing software support for the Cisco NPE-200 for two years and hardware support for a period of five years after the EoS date.
Table 3 EoS Schedule for Cisco uBR7200 Series Routers
For any questions, please contact the Cisco TAC at 1(800) 553-2447, (408)526-7209, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor further information about Cisco uBR7200 series routers, please go to http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/pcat/ub7246.htm