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Cisco 7500 Series Routers

MIX-Enabled Chassis and RSP8 for Cisco 7500 Series, No.1063

Product Bulletin

Introducing MIX-Enabled Chassis and
Route Switch Processor 8

Cisco 7500 Series Performance and Multiservice Enhancements

Introduction

The rapid expansion of the Internet continues to change the way organizations conduct business, driving enterprise and service provider requirements for increased network density, bandwidth, high speed services, and new multiservice capabilities. The high-performance Cisco 7500 series router remains the market leader for high-performance multi-protocol/service routing through its breadth of support for advanced LAN/WAN interfaces, reliability, and scalable switching and services performance. The introduction of the Route Switch Processor 8 (RSP8) and new MIX-enabled chassis further enhance the Cisco 7500 series by significantly increasing processing performance and enabling new multiservice enhancements.

MIX-Enabled Chassis

The new Cisco 7500 MIX-enabled chassis is identical to the current Cisco 7500 classic chassis plus the addition of a new multiservice capability: the Multiservice Interchange (MIX) backplane. Future voice applications will provide seamless, end-to-end call management in both the packet and digital voice domains. A Cisco 7500 series router with the MIX-enabled chassis and the DSP-farm capabilities of the digital voice port adapters provides a high-density voice and fax gateway solution to connect private branch exchanges (PBX), the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and the WAN to create a multiservice network. In addition, MIX-enabled multichannel port adapters will combine digital voice channels with packet channels on a channelized access link to achieve access cost savings, without requiring a separate time-division multiplexing (TDM) multiplexer. This will allow DS0 channels to be switched from a channelized WAN link to interfaces connecting to PBX, video CODEC, or other TDM-oriented devices. These multiservice capabilities give customers a manageable migration path to robust, cost-effective, multiservice networks.

Route Switch Processor 8

The Route Switch Processor 8 (RSP8) is Cisco Systems' newest-generation main system processor for the Cisco 7500 Series Router. The RSP8 significantly increases system performance for the Cisco 7500 with a new high-performance 250 MHz RISC-based microprocessor and 8 megabytes packet memory for high-density configurations, and utilizes ECC (Error Correction Code) for increased system reliability. It serves as an ideal platform for enterprise and service provider networks that require additional performance and processing power to support service-enabled edge and core applications.

In addition to running the system software, the RSP8 combines routing and high-speed switching functions for the Cisco 7500 series router, and contains and executes the following management functions that control the system:

  • Sending and receiving routing protocol updates

  • Managing Distributed Cisco Express Forwarding (D-CEF) tables for improved system throughput

  • Monitoring interface and environmental status

  • Providing Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) management and console/Telnet user interfaces

Service provider and enterprise customers will benefit most from the increased switching performance and increased memory in high-density and high-services environments. For example, BGP recalculations will be much faster, large program images will run efficiently, and services-enabled networks will gain increased throughput and performance. In addition, RSP8-enabled chassis increase packet processing throughput for non-distributed switched ("legacy") Interface Processors.

Availability

The RSP8 is now available for purchase in systems and as spares. The MIX-enabled chassis is available for order now, with shipments beginning on or about April 3, 2000.

Note that the systems and products described in this document are subject to New Product Hold (NPH). NPH is assigned to all new items that have not yet transacted through Cisco's manufacturing system, and is a function of available material. Thus, product delivery dates can vary past the quoted first customer ship (FCS) date.

Ordering Information

The RSP8 is orderable now in both Cisco 7507-MX and Cisco 7513-MX chassis configurations, and separately as a spare. Specific product codes and descriptions are detailed below.


Table 1: RSP8 / MX Chassis Ordering Codes and Availability
Product Code Description Status

CISCO7507/8-MX

Cisco 7507, 7 Slot, MIX-Enabled, Dual Bus, 1 RSP8, 1 PS

Orderable Now, Shipping April 2000

CISCO7507/8X2-MX

Cisco 7507, 7 Slot, MIX-Enabled, Dual Bus, 2 RSP8, 2 PS

Orderable Now, Shipping April 2000

CISCO7513/8-MX

Cisco 7513, 13 Slot, MIX-Enabled, Dual Bus, 1 RSP8, 1 PS

Orderable Now, Shipping April 2000

CISCO7513/8X2-MX

Cisco 7513, 13 Slot, MIX-Enabled, Dual Bus, 2 RSP8, 2 PS

Orderable Now, Shipping April 2000


Table 2: RSP8 Ordering Codes and Availability
Product Code Description Status
RSP8

Route Switch Processor 8 (Installed in system)

Orderable Now, Shipping April 2000

RSP8=

Route Switch Processor 8 (Spare)

Available Now


Table 3: RSP8 / MX Chassis Spare Ordering Codes and Availability
Product Code Description Status

MEM-RSP8-64M

RSP8 64MB DRAM Option (Default)

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-64M=

RSP8 64MB DRAM Option

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-128M

RSP8 128MB DRAM Option

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-128M=

RSP8 128MB DRAM Upgrade Kit

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-256M

RSP8 256MB DRAM Option

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-256M=

RSP8 256MB DRAM Upgrade Kit

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-FLC16M

RSP8 Flash Card: 16 MB Option (Default)

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-FLC16M=

RSP8 Flash Card: 16 MB Kit

Available Now

MEM-RSP8-FLC20M=

RSP8 Flash Card: 20 MB Kit

Available Now

CHAS-7507-MX=

Cisco 7507 MX-Enabled Chassis and AC Power Supply

Available April 2000

CHAS-7507-MX-DC=

Cisco 7507 MX-Enabled Chassis and DC Power Supply

Available April 2000

CHAS-7513-MX=

Cisco 7513 MX-Enabled Chassis and AC Power Supply

Available April 2000

CHAS-7513-MX-DC=

Cisco 7513 MX-Enabled Chassis and DC Power Supply

Available April 2000

More Information

For more information on RSP8, please consult:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/cisco/mkt/core/7500/prodlit/rsp8_ds.htm

For additional information, contact Mark Jansen, Cisco 7500 Series Product Manager, at mjansen@cisco.com.