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Cisco NCS 4200 Series Route Switch Processor Data Sheet

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Centralized network timing. Control plane and data plane elements. The Cisco® NCS 4200 Route Switch Processor (RSP) is the powerful centralized engine that provides these features and more for Cisco NCS 4206/4216 Series systems. The NCS 4200 RSP (Figure 1) addresses the requirements of converged service provider networks, from Carrier Ethernet technologies to advanced services such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). The NCS 4200 RSP helps providers add innovative traffic management and intelligent circuit emulation, packet switching, and routing features. The models include the Cisco NCS 4206 Route Switch Processor (RSP3-400 and RSP2-128) and the Cisco NCS 4216 Route Switch Processor (RSP3-400).

Product overview

The NCS 4200 RSP modules contain separate control plane and data plane components. These include the main control plane CPU for the Cisco IOS® Software operating system and platform control software. The data plane packet processing and traffic management are performed by the Carrier Ethernet Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).

NCS 4206 RSP (RSP3-400 and RSP2-128) and NCS 4216 RSP (RSP3-400)

Figure 1.               

NCS 4206 RSP (RSP3-400 and RSP2-128) and NCS 4216 RSP (RSP3-400)

Fully Distributed and unique packet/circuit capabilities for converged access networks

The Cisco NCS 4206/4216 Route Switch Processor is compatible with the following multiple Ethernet and TDM/SONET/SDH interface modules:

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 2-Port 100GE QSFP28 Module: This module supports one 100 Gigabit Ethernet port with the existing NCS4206/4216 RSP (RSP3-400) and will support 2 ports with future NCS4216 RSP4.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 1-Port 100GE CPAK Module: This module supports one 100 Gigabit Ethernet port.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 2-Port 40GE QSFP Module: This module supports two QSFP ports.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 8-Port 10GE SFP+ Module: This module supports eight SFP+ ports.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 8-Port 1GE SFP and 1-port 10GE SFP+ Module: supports eight Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports and one 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 16-port 1GE CSFP / 8-port GE SFP and 1-port 10GE SFP+ / 1-port GE SFP / 2-port GE CSFP Module: supports up to eighteen Gigabit Ethernet CSFP ports or up to sixteen Gigabit Ethernet CSFP ports and one 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 48-Port T1/E1 CEM Module: Supports 48 T1 or E1 ports. The port type is software configurable per interface module. Mixing T1 and E1 ports on a single interface module is not supported.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 48-Port T3/E3 CEM Module: Supports 48 T3 or E3 ports. The port type is software configurable per interface module. Mixing T3 and E3 ports on a single interface module is not supported.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 12-Port T1/E1 + 4-port T3/E3 + 4-port OC3/STM-1 or 4-port OC12/STM-4 or 1-Port OC48/STM-16 Module. The port type is software configurable per interface module. Mixing T1 and E1 or T3 and E3 ports on a single interface module is not supported.

     Cisco NCS 4200 Series 1-Port 10G (OCn/STM-n) and 8-Port 1G (OCn/STMn) CEM and OTN Module: This combination module is designed to be software configurable in different modes: 1xOC192 or STM-64, and up to 4xOC48 or STM-16 and up to 8xOC3/12 or STM-1/-4.

The Cisco NCS 4200 RSP also supports a field-replaceable Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) module that allows direct interface to external antennas. The GNSS module supports several satellite systems, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDU, QZSS, and SBAS.

The Cisco NCS 4200 RSP (RSP3-400) is available in two different sizes in order to support the differences in form factors of the NCS 4200 chassis types. The capabilities of the different form factors are identical, and the software is identical as well. The wide form-factor RSP engine (NCS4216-RSP) is supported in the NCS 4216 and NCS 4216 F2B chassis, while the small form-factor RSP engine (NCS420X-RSP or NCS420X-RSP-128) is supported in the NCS 4206 chassis.

The NCS 4200 interface module support is dependent on the combination of the RSP, the chassis, software version, and the interface module slot. The Cisco NCS 4200 Series Interface Modules Datasheet contains the compatibility matrix for the several combinations.

Features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Carrier Ethernet ASIC

Delivers essential Carrier Ethernet technologies such as Hierarchical Quality of Service (HQoS), IPv4, IPv6, MPLS/Flex LSP, and Hierarchical Virtual Private LAN Services (HVPLS). It provides line-rate performance and incorporates innovative traffic management capabilities while providing intelligent packet switching and routing operations.

Service enhancement

Provides advanced per-traffic-class metering and offers bidirectional packet-count and byte-count statistics. The service offering is enhanced with Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) functionality that includes Layer 2 Connectivity Fault Management (CFM), IP Service-Level Agreements (IP SLA) for Layer 3, and MPLS OAM.

Service scale

Provides flexible service scalability in a small footprint, delivering high performance and scale for point-to-point and multipoint services, accommodating the requirements from the most demanding wireline and wireless applications.

Clocking and timing services

Offers integrated support for the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Building Integrated Timing Supply (BITS), 10 MHz, 1 Pulse Per Second (1 PPS), and Time Of Day (TOD) interfaces, crucial functions required in a modern unified network. As the central system clocking and timing functions for the NCS 4200 Series platform, the Cisco NCS 4200 RSPs support Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), IEEE 1588-2008, and can act as the clock source for network clocking of Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) and SDH/SONET interfaces.

The NCS 4200 Series can act as an IEEE 1588-2008 ordinary clock, boundary clock, end-to-end transparent clock, and primary clock function in an IEEE 1588-2008 timing domain.

High availability and modularity

Delivers optional intra chassis hardware redundancy for all hardware components and supports software redundancy with In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) support when a pair of route switch processors is inserted in the Cisco NCS 4200 system chassis fully modular platform.

With two RSPs inserted in the Cisco NCS 4206, in the Cisco NCS 4216or in the Cisco NCS 4216 F2B systems, one RSP operates in active mode, and the other RSP operates in hot standby mode. The Cisco NCS 4200 RSP is a Field-Replaceable Unit (FRU), and it can be Online Inserted and Removed (OIR) while the Cisco NCS 4200 system is operating. The removal or failure of the active RSP in the Cisco NCS 4200 system results in the automatic switchover to the standby RSP.

Management interfaces

Contains the Out-Of-Band (OOB) management interfaces for the system. To offer flexible access to the router, a variety of interfaces are available for management access to the platform, including a dual-mode console port that functions as either a USB console or a serial console port.

In addition to the serial console access, the Cisco NCS 4200 RSP contains an Ethernet management port that has no interaction with actual Carrier Ethernet ASIC traffic. In addition to the OOB control interfaces, a USB port can connect USB flash devices for loading Cisco IOS Software images and configurations on the platform.

Industry leading, carrier-class Cisco IOS software

The NCS 4200 Series systems are supported in Cisco IOS XE Software. The Cisco IOS XE Software is designed to provide modular packaging, feature velocity, and powerful resiliency.

The Cisco IOS XE software provides scale and serviceability for service providers by:

     Supporting the complete set of Cisco IOS Software features for a consistent experience

     Scaling advanced service delivery without affecting system performance

     Integrating applications in the network, improving security, reliability, and simplicity

     Facilitating programmability for cloud service orchestration

The initial software support for the Cisco NCS 4206 chassis and Cisco NCS 4216 chassis was added in Cisco IOS XE Software Release 3.18SP.The initial software support for the Cisco NCS 4216 F2B chassis was added in Cisco IOS XE Software Release 16.5.1.

Product specifications

Tables 1 through 4 list the product specifications and compliance information for the Cisco NCS 4200 RSP modules. Individual modules are identified by product number.

Table 1.           Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Product Specifications

Product ID

Cisco NCS420X-RSP-128

Cisco NCS420X-RSP

Cisco NCS4216-RSP

Typical power consumption

180W

176W

184W

Maximum power consumption

220W

220W

230W

RSP CPU DRAM memory

4 GB

8 GB

8 GB

Flash memory

2 GB

8 GB

8 GB

Service scale

Base

Large

Large

Ethernet and TDM interface module compatibility

NCS4200-1T8LR-PS

NCS4200-8E1T1-CE

NCS4200-3GMS

NCS4200-1T8LR-PS

NCS4200-1T8S-20CS

NCS4200-8T-PS

NCS4200-2Q-P

NCS4200-1H-PK

NCS4200-2H-PQ

NCS4200-48T1E1-CE

NCS4200-48T3E3-CE

NCS4200-3GMS

NCS4200-1T8LR-PS

NCS4200-1T8S-20CS

NCS4200-8T-PS

NCS4200-2Q-P

NCS4200-1H-PK

NCS4200-2H-PQ

NCS4200-48T1E1-CE

NCS4200-48T3E3-CE

NCS4200-3GMS

Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)

Configurable MTU of up to 9216 bytes, for bridging on Gigabit Ethernet, 10, 40and 100 Gigabit Ethernet

Maximum interface throughput

128 Gbps

480 Gbps

480 Gbps

IP version 4 performance

180 Mpps

600 Mpps

600 Mpps

IP version 6 performance

180 Mpps

600 Mpps

600 Mpps

Management ports4

Copper 10/100/1000Base-T LAN management port - RJ45 connector port

Console/Aux RS232 serial ports - RJ45 connector port

Console - USB 2.0 type A receptacle connector port

Timing ports5

BITS simultaneous input and output (J1/T1/E1) - RJ48 connector port

1 pps input - mini-coax connector port

1 pps output - mini-coax connector port

2.048/10 MHz input - mini-coax connector port

2.048/10 MHz output - mini-coax connector port

External USB flash memory

Mass storage - USB 2.0 type A receptacle connector port

Shipment package size (LxWxH)

14.38 in. x14.38 in. x6.25 in.

14.38 in. x 14.38 in. x 6.25 in.

21.75 in. x 15.75 in. x 6.56 in.

Shipment package weight

6.2 lbs.

6.2 lbs.

7.0 lbs.

MTBF at 104ºF (40ºC) operating temperature

501,830 hours

269,660 hours

236,030 hours

Table 2.           Maximum Single-Dimensional Service Scale1,2

Product ID

NCS420X-RSP-128

NCS420X-RSP and NCS4216-RSP

MAC addresses

16,000

200,000

Bridge domains

4,000

8,000

Ethernet flow points

3,998

8,000

L3 interfaces

1,000

1,000

IPv4 routes

20,000

192,512

IPv6 routes

4,000

65,536

Multicast routes

1,000

4,000

MPLS VPN

128

1,000

MPLS labels

15,994

32,000

EoMPLS tunnels per system

4,000

8,000

VPLS instances

2,000

4,000

Queues

8,000

48,000

Classifications

10,000

24,000

Ingress policers

6,000

24,000

Class maps

1,000

1,000

Queue counters
(packet and byte)

8,000

240,000

Policer counters
(packet and byte)

18,000

72,000

IPv4 ACL entries3

1,500

1,000

BFD sessions

1,000

1,023

IEEE 802.1ag (CFM) at 3.3ms interval

1,000

1,024

1Not all services can be scaled at maximum scale concurrently (multidimensional service scale). The numbers above are unidirectional scale numbers.
2The scale numbers are hardware capabilities. The actual scale may be limited in a specific software release and only become available in a future software release.
3Maximum 500 access control entries per ACL.

Table 3.           Environmental Specifications

 

Cisco NCS 4200 Series System

Operating environment and altitude1

–40 to 65˚C operating temperature (DC operation, with the 900W or 1200W power supplies)

–40 to 65˚C operating temperature (AC operation, with the 900W or 1200W power supplies)

–60 to 1800m operating altitude (for full operating temperature range)

Up to 4000m operating altitude (at up to 40˚C temperature)

Outside plant

For an outside plant installation, it is required that the system be protected against airborne contaminants, dust, moisture, insects, pests, corrosive gases, polluted air, or other reactive elements present in the outside air. To achieve this level of protection, it is recommended that the unit be installed in a fully sealed enclosure. Examples of such cabinets include IP65 cabinets with heat exchanger complying with Telecordia GR487.

Relative humidity

5 to 95%, noncondensing

Acoustic noise3

Acoustic noise peak operation complies with Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS) GR-63-Core Issue 4 sound power level of 78 dB at 27˚C operation as measured by the ANSI S12.10/ISO 7779 NAIS noise measurement test standard.

Storage environment

Temperature: –40 to 70˚C altitude: 15,000 ft. (4570m)

Seismic

Zone 4

Hazardous substances

Reduction Of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) 6

1Minimum temperature range of chassis, fan tray, RSP engine, power supply, optics, and interface modules will dictate the supported operating temperature range. Maximum cooling fan tray module is assumed.
2Not more than the following in a one-year period: 96 consecutive hours, or 360 hours total, or 15 occurrences.
3The above are for normal (nonfailure) operation. When operating with a fan failure, the above may be exceeded.

Table 4.           Safety and compliance

Type

Standards

Safety

  UL 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 2 nd edition
  IEC 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  EN 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  AS/NZS 60950.1:2003

Electromagnetic

  FCC CFR47 Part 15 Class A

Emissions compliance

  EN55022, class A
  CISPR22, class A
  ICES-003, class A
  EN 300 386, class A
  VCCI, class A
  KN22, class A
  EN61000-3-2 to EN61000-3-3

Immunity compliance

  EN 300 386
  EN 61000-6-1
  EN 50082-1
  CISPR24
  EN 55024
  KN 24
  EN 50121-4
  EN/KN 61000-4-2 to EN/KN 61000-4-6
  EN/KN 61000-4-8
  EN/KN 61000-4-11

NEBS

  GR-63-CORE Issue 4
  GR-1089-CORE Issue 6
  SR-3580 NEBS Level 3

ETSI

  ETS/EN 300 119 Part 4
  ETS/EN 300 019 - Storage: Class 1.2, Transportation: Class 2.3, In-Use/Operational: Class 3.2
  ETS/EN 300 753

Network synchronization

  GNSS
  ANSI T1.101
  GR-1244-CORE
  GR-253-CORE
  ITU-T G.813
  ITU-T G.823
  ITU-T G.824
  ITU-T G.703 clause 5
  ITU-T G.703 clause 9
  ITU-T G.8261/Y.1361
  ITU-T G.781
  ITU-T G.8262
  ITU-T G.8264
  ITU-T G.8265.1
  ITU-T G.8275.1
  ITU-T G.8275.2
  IEEE1588-2008

Ordering information

Table 5 describes the Cisco IOS XE Software universal consolidated packages supported on the system, which include all Cisco IOS XE Software functionalities and features enabled. Table 6 lists the hardware parts available for Cisco NCS 4200 RSP modules.

Table 5.           Universal Cisco IOS XE Software Packages for Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Modules

Cisco IOS XE Consolidated Package

Part Number

Description

Cisco NCS 4206 Series RSP2 IOS XE Release 17.3.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R2NK9173

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP2
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.3.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3NK9173

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.3.1 –Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3K9173

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support and data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206 Series RSP2 IOS XE Release 17.4.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R2NK9174

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP2
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.4.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3NK9174

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.4.1 –Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3K9174

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support and data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206 Series RSP2 IOS XE Release 17.5.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R2NK9175

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP2
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.5.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3NK9175

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.5.1 –Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3K9175

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support and data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206 Series RSP2 IOS XE Release 17.6.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R2NK9176

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP2
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.6.1 – No Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3NK9176

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane encryption support

Cisco NCS 4206/4216/4216 F2B Series RSP IOS XE Release 17.6.1 –Payload Encryption

SNCS42R3K9176

  Provides a consolidated software package for NCS4200 RSP3
  Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support and data plane encryption support

Table 6.           Hardware Components for Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Modules

Part Number

Description

NCS420X-RSP

NCS 4206 Router and Switching Processor and Controller - 400G

NCS420X-RSP=

NCS 4206 Router and Switching Processor and Controller - 400G, spare

NCS420X-RSP-128

NCS 4206 Router and Switching Processor and Controller - 128G

NCS420X-RSP-128=

NCS 4206 Router and Switching Processor and Controller - 128G, spare

NCS4216-RSP

NCS 4216 Router and Switching Processor and Controller - 400G

NCS4216-RSP=

NCS 4216 Router and Switching Processor and Controller - 400G, spare

A900-CM-GNSS

ASR 900 Global Navigation Satellite System Module

A900-CM-GNSS=

ASR 900 Global Navigation Satellite System Module, spare

Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Accessories

A90X-RSPA-BLANK=

ASR 90X Route Switch Processor Type-A Blank Cover, spare

A90X-RSPB-BLANK=

ASR 90X Route Switch Processor Type-B Blank Cover, spare

A900-WWA-RJ48-V

ASR 900 RSP wire wrap adapter for RJ48 connector – Vertical (NCS 4206)

A900-WWA-RJ48-H

ASR 900 RSP wire wrap adapter for RJ48 connector – Horizontal (NCS 4216)

Warranty information

Warranty information is available on Cisco.com at the Product Warranties page.

Service and support

Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to help accelerate customer success. These innovative services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, promoting high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Services help you protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco Services, refer to Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.

Cisco is committed to reducing your total cost of ownership. Cisco offers a portfolio of technical support services to help ensure that Cisco products operate efficiently, remain highly available, and benefit from the most up-to-date system software. The services and support programs described in Table 7 are available as part of the Cisco Carrier Ethernet Switching Service and Support solution and are available directly from Cisco and through resellers.

Table 7.           Service and Support

Advanced Services

Features

Benefits

Cisco Total Implementation Solutions (TIS), available directly from Cisco

Cisco Packaged TIS, available through resellers

  Project management
  Site survey, configuration, and deployment
  Installation, text, and cutover
  Training
  Major moves, adds, and changes
  Design review and product staging
  Supplement existing staff
  Help ensure functions meet needs
  Mitigate risk

Cisco SP Base Support and Service Provider-Based Onsite Support, available directly from Cisco

Cisco Packaged Service Provider- Based Support, available through resellers

  24-hour access to software updates
  Web access to technical repositories
  Telephone support through the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
  Advance replacement of hardware parts
  Facilitate proactive or expedited problem resolution
  Lower total cost of ownership by taking advantage of Cisco expertise and knowledge
  Reduce network downtime

Cisco environmental sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

Reference links to information about key environmental sustainability topics (mentioned in the “Environment Sustainability” section of the CSR Report) are provided in the following table:

Sustainability Topic

Reference

Information on product-material-content laws and regulations

Materials

Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries and packaging

WEEE Compliance

Reference links to product-specific environmental sustainability information that is mentioned in relevant sections of this data sheet are provided in the following table:

Sustainability Topic

Reference

General

Product Compliance

Table 4 – Safety and Compliance

Power

Power Supply

Table 1 –Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Product Specifications

Material

Unit Weight

Table 1 –Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Product Specifications

Dimensions and Mean Time between Failures Metrics

Table 1 –Cisco NCS 4200 RSP Product Specifications

Cisco makes the packaging data available for informational purposes only. It may not reflect the most current legal developments, and Cisco does not represent, warrant or guarantee that it is complete, accurate or up-to-date. This information is subject to change without notice.

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