EoS/EoL For Cisco 7200, 7500, And 7600 PA-A3 Series Enhanced ATM Port Adapters
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Updated:March 23, 2006
Product Bulletin No. EOL4009
Cisco Systems® announces the extension to the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco® 7200, 7500, and 7600 series routers enhanced ATM port adapters (with part numbers starting PA-A3). Previously, the last day to order the Cisco enhanced ATM port adapters was March 30, 2006. The new date for this end of sale action is December 31, 2006. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until December 31, 2011.
Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco enhanced ATM port adapters. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco Enhanced ATM Port Adapter (with part numbers starting PA-A6) for the Cisco 7200 Series, 7301, 7400 Series, 7500 Series, and 7600 Series routers, which supports advanced ATM hardware features such as per-virtual-circuit and per-virtual-path traffic shaping, as well as all ATM service classes such as real-time variable bit rate (VBR-rt), constant bit rate (CBR), non-real-time variable bit rate (VBR-nrt), available bit rate (ABR), and unspecified bit rate (UBR). The Cisco replacement enhanced ATM port adapter also supports 8191 ATM virtual circuits-twice as many as the end-of-life enhanced ATM port adapter. Information about the replacement port adapters can be found at
provides relevant information for migrating from the end-of-life (PA-A3) to the replacement port adapters (PA-A6).
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco 7200, 7500, and 7600 Series Enhanced ATM Port Adapters
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.
December 30, 2005
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
December 31, 2006
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.
March 30, 2007
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.
December 30, 2007
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.
December 30, 2007
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.
December 30, 2007
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.
March 30, 2011
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.
December 29, 2011
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
End-of-Sale Product Part Number
Replacement Product Part Number
Replacement Product Description
1-Port ATM Enhanced E3 Port Adapter
1Port Enh ATM E3 Port Adapter (8k VCs)
1-Port ATM Enhanced OC3c/STM1 Multimode Port Adapter
1 Port Enh ATM OC3c/STM1 Multimode Port Adapter (8k VCs)
1-Port ATM Enhanced OC3c/STM1 Singlemode (IR) Port Adapter
1 Port Enh ATM OC3c/STM1 Singlemode (IR) Port Adapter
1-Port ATM Enhanced OC3c/STM1 Singlemode (LR) Port Adapter
1 Port Enh ATM OC3c/STM1 Singlemode (LR) Port Adapter
1-Port ATM Enhanced DS3 Port Adapter
1Port Enh ATM DS3 Port Adapter (8kVCs)
PRODUCT MIGRATION OPTIONS
The recommended replacement for the Cisco enhanced ATM port adapters (PA-A3) is the Cisco enhanced ATM port adapters (PA-A6) (Table 3). The replacement enhanced ATM port adapters (PA-A6) support advanced ATM features and up to 8000 virtual circuits per line card.
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco Enhanced ATM Port Adapters (PA-A3)
Cisco Enhanced ATM Port Adapters (PA-A6)
Single-Interface ATM Port Adapter
4000 virtual circuits
8000 virtual circuits
Advanced Traffic Management per Virtual Circuit
Dynamic Bandwidth Selection
Cisco ATM Port Adapter Service Classes
• UBR and UBR+
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
http://www.cisco.com/go/tradein/. The Cisco TMP application requires all users to have a Cisco.com user ID.