Cisco 7200 Series Network Processing Engine NPE-G1
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Updated:December 1, 2004
To continue to meet the increasing needs for performance while maintaining exceptional value and flexibility, the Cisco® 7200 Series introduces its newest processor-the NPE-G1 (Figure 1). The Cisco 7200 Series Network Processing Engine NPE-G1 (NPE-G1) addresses the demand for performance and flexibility by doubling its processing capacity and enabling unprecedented LAN performance. Benefits of the NPE-G1 include the following (see Table 1 for details):
• Provides performance of up to 1 million packets per second (PPS) in Cisco Express Forwarding switching (an increase of up to 250 percent over the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-400)
• Offers three Gigabit Ethernet/Fast Ethernet ports that do not take up bandwidth points
• Doubles the amount of available DRAM (to 1 GB)
• Eliminates the requirement for an input/output (I/O) controller
• Eliminates I/O controller LAN interface bandwidth points
• Provides modular processors and the ability to upgrade
• Offers improved price performance
Figure 1. Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1
Table 1. Features and Benefits Overview
Performance of up to 1 million PPS in Cisco Express Forwarding switching
Dramatically increases the performance of the Cisco 7200 Series
3 fixed 10/100/1000-Mbps ports (RJ-45 or gigabit interface converter [GBIC]) directly on the processor
Maximizes LAN connectivity and performance without taking up bandwidth points or midplane capacity
256 MB (default), 512 MB, and 1 GB of DRAM are available
Doubles the amount of DRAM available on the Cisco 7200 Series, which offers the following benefits:
• Supports more routing tables
• Supports more Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual routing and forwarding instances (VRFs)
• Supports more sessions for broadband aggregation
• Enables higher scalability on features such as NetFlow, Network Address Translation (NAT), access control lists (ACLs), and more
Incorporates the functionality (flash memory and auxiliary and console ports) of the I/O controller
Reduces costs (Note: an I/O controller can still be used)
Supports a third peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus to the I/O controller slot
Frees the current I/O controller ports from bandwidth limitations, allowing 2 PCI buses to be dedicated to the port adapter slots
Enables maximum investment protection through the ability to upgrade processors
Supports Cisco IOS® Software
Supports a wide range of IP network services including quality of service, MPLS, broadband aggregation, security, multiservice, compression, and IPSec Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) encryption
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: COMPONENTS
Gigabit Ethernet ports: Three 10/100/1000 ports are available on the NPE-G1 (Figure 2). Either copper or fiber is available.
Figure 2. Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1 Ports
• Gigabit Ethernet port features: all three ports support the IEEE 802.1Q standard.
• NPE-G1 supports three types of GBICS: SX, LX/LH, and ZX for varying fiber length requirements.
• Console and auxiliary ports: Because the NPE-G1 has a console port and an auxiliary port, and handles the other functionality of the I/O controller, the need for an I/O controller is eliminated. However, an I/O controller can still be used. If an I/O controller is detected in the I/O controller slot, I/O controller functionality defaults to the I/O controller (with the exception of Non-volatile Random Access Memory [NVRAM] and boot flash). The console and auxiliary ports of the NPE-G1 are then disabled.
• SDRAM: 256 MB (default), 512 MB, and 1 GB. There are two DRAM memory slots, so 256 MB of memory consists of two 128 MB memory SODIMMs, 512 MB consists of two 256 MB memory SODIMMs, and 1 GB consists of two 512 MB memory SODIMMs. It is necessary to have the same size SODIMM in each memory bank on an NPE-G1. The type of DRAM memory being used on the NPE-G1 is double data-rate (DDR) memory. DDR memory provides high-performance memory access rates.
• Compact flash: 64 MB (default), 128 MB, and 256 MB. The compact flash used on the NPE-G1 is the same compact flash used with the Cisco 7400 and 7300 series Internet routers.
• 512 KB NVRAM or 512 KB.
• 512 KB Layer 2 cache.
• 16 MB packet memory on 256 MB SDRAM and 32 MB packet memory on 512 MB and 1 GB SDRAM.
• ECC support (SDRAM and Layer 2 cache).
700 MHz Broadcom BCM1250 processor.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
• Storage temperature: -38 to 150°F (-40 to 70°C)
• Operating temperature, nominal: 41° to 104°F (5 to 40°C)
• Operating temperature, short term: 23 to 131°F (-5 to 55°C)
• Storage relative humidity: 5 to 95% relative humidity (RH)
• Operating humidity, nominal: 5 to 85% RH
• Operating humidity, short term: 5 to 90% RH
• Operating altitude: -60 to 4000 m
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
• Height: 1.40 in. (3.556 cm)
• Width: 15.15 in. (38.481 cm)
• Depth: 11.12 in. (28.245 cm)
• Weight: 3.25 lb (1.49 kg)
PRODUCT REGULATORY APPROVALS AND COMPLIANCE
Product Regulatory Approvals
• Safety and Electromagnetic Emissions
• Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for the United States
• Underwriters Laboratories, Canada (cUL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
• European Norm (EN)
• International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
• Australia/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS)
Product Regulatory Compliance
• FCC Part 15 Class A device for electromagnetic interference limits
• FCC Part 68 for connection to the public telephone network
• Electrostatic Discharge EN61000-4
PRODUCT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• Chassis: The NPE-G1 is supported on the Cisco 7204VXR and Cisco 7206VXR chassis.
• I/O controllers: Although a Cisco 7200VXR chassis with an NPE-G1 does not require the use of an I/O controller, an I/O controller can still be used. The NPE-G1 is supported with the following Cisco 7200 Series I/O controller part numbers: C7200-I/O, C7200-I/O-2FE/E, C7200-I/O-GE+E.
• Port adapters: The NPE-G1 is supported with all port adapters that can be ordered with the Cisco 7200VXR chassis as of August 1, 2002 except for the following:
The NPE-G1 is supported in 12.2(4)BW, 12.2(15)B, 12.2(14)S, 12.2(14)SU, 12.2(15)T, 12.1(14)E, 12.3(1), 12.3(2)T, 12.0(28)S, 12.3(1a)B, and later Cisco IOS releases. For the most current release information, refer to
Table 2. Product Ordering Details: Product Part Number
Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1 including 256 MB default DRAM and 64 MB default flash memory
Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1 including 256 MB default DRAM and 64 MB default flash memory-Spare
2 128 MB memory modules (256 MB total) for the Cisco 7200 NPE-G1
2 128 MB memory modules (256 MB total) for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1-Spare
2 256 MB memory modules (512 MB total) for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1
2 256 MB memory modules (512 MB total) for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1-Spare
2 512 MB memory modules (1 GB total) for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1
2 512 MB memory modules (1 GB total) for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1-Spare
64 MB Compact Flash Disk for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1
64 MB Compact Flash Disk for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1-Spare
128 MB Compact Flash Disk for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1
128 MB Compact Flash Disk for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1-Spare
256 MB Compact Flash Disk for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1
256 MB Compact Flash Disk for the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-G1-Spare
I/O controller slot blank
I/O controller slot blank-Spare
PRODUCT ORDERING DETAILS: MIGRATION PROGRAM
A Cisco Technology Migration Plan (TMP) has been established for this product.
The Cisco TMP is a sales program that allows customers to trade in Cisco products to receive a trade-in credit toward the purchase of any new Cisco product. The program underscores the Cisco commitment to the customer.