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Cisco ASR 9903 Compact High-Performance Router Data Sheet

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Product overview

Part of the Cisco® ASR 9000 Series, the Cisco ASR 9903 Router (Figure 1) is a compact, high-performance router that delivers up to 3.6 Tbps of nonblocking, full-duplex capacity in a Three-Rack-Unit (3RU) form factor. Based on the same Cisco IOS® XR software image as the other routers in the Cisco ASR 9000 Series, the Cisco ASR 9903 Router delivers the features and services found on the ASR 9000 Series platforms, allowing customers to standardize on the same Cisco IOS XR operating system. Multiple port rates are supported by ASR 9903: 400 Gigabit Ethernet, 200 Gigabit Ethernet, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, 25 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, so it gives customers the flexibility to mix and match interface types on the same chassis and offers operators the readiness for mass-scale networking.

As a fully redundant, high-performance multi-purpose platform, the ASR 9903 router can be used in a wide range of customer's scenarios and use-cases: business PE, metro aggregation, cloud edge, Internet peering, Data Center Interconnect (DCI), and others. The compact size (depth is 600 mm), front-to-back airflow, support of PTP Telecom profiles, and different port rates make this platform very efficient and flexible for using at the mobile edge in 4G/5G networks. Enterprise customers can deploy the ASR 9903 as a border router at the edge of the enterprise network and as a peering router for communication with Internet service providers.

Features and benefits

The ASR 9903 router offers power-optimized architecture with high density of multi-rate ports and super service scales. This allows customers to reduce Capital Expense (CapEx) and Operating Expense (OpEx) while providing highly predictable, flexibly managed service infrastructure.

The Cisco ASR 9903 Router is a compact router that supports two redundant Route Processors (RP), two integrated switch fabrics, 4 AC or DC power supply modules, and 4 fans in redundant configuration. The router consists of the fixed board, with 16 integrated QSFP28-based 100GE ports plus 20 integrated SFP+-based ports and an optional Port Expansion Card (PEC), which can be inserted into the dedicated slot on demand.

The ASR 9903 fixed board supports maximum 1.6T data bandwidth. The integrated physical ports on its faceplate can operate in three combinations: 16x100GE, 15x100GE + 10x10GE or 14x100GE + 20x10GE.

The Cisco ASR 9903 Route Processor (Figure 2) is available in a service edge-optimized version to meet customer requirements for large-scale, comprehensive service deployment and also features a powerful 64-bit Intel CPU and 32GB memory. A set of external interfaces on the front panel includes: console and auxiliary serial ports, two management Ethernet interfaces, a Class A USB port, GPS interface (10Mhz, 1PPS, ToD ports), and two BITS interfaces.

The Cisco A9903-20HG-PEC (Figure 3) offers 20 physical ports with maximum 2T data bandwidth capacity. 5 of the 20 physical ports are 400GE/200GE/100GE multi-rate QSFP-DD/QSFP28-based ports which can be individually migrated to 400GE through a license. The rest 15 ports are 100GE QSFP28-based ports.

The Cisco A9903-8HG-PEC (Figure 3) offers 48 physical ports with maximum 800G data bandwidth capacity. 32 of the 48 physical ports are 25GE/10GE multi-rate SFP28/SFP+ -based ports. The remaining 16 ports are 10GE SFP+ -based ports.

All transceivers that are applicable on the ASR 9903 can be used in any of the ASR 9000 Series of modular chassis.

The QSFP-DD optics have the same mechanical characteristics and cage size as the QSFP28 optics, and the same ports can act as 25 GE and 10 GE (via breakout options), 40 GE, 100 GE, 200 GE, or 400 GE, therefore allowing operators to migrate to 400 GE at their own pace as the need arises.

The ASR 9903 Router is supported starting with Cisco IOS XR Software Release 7.1.25.

Cisco ASR 9903 chassis

Figure 1.            

Cisco ASR 9903 chassis

Cisco ASR 9903 Route Processor

Figure 2.            

Cisco ASR 9903 Route Processor

Cisco ASR 9903 Series 2T Port Expansion Card

Figure 3.            

Cisco ASR 9903 Series 2T Port Expansion Card

Cisco ASR 9903 Series 800G Port Expansion Card

Figure 4.            

Cisco ASR 9903 Series 800G Port Expansion Card

Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the ASR 9903 router. Specific features and scale support are hardware and software dependent.

Table 1.        Features and benefits of the Cisco ASR 9903 compact high-performance router

Feature

Benefit

Interface support

Cisco Pluggable interfaces

Provides the capacity to mix and match 10, 25, 40, 100, and 400 Gigabit Ethernet interface types across the ASR 9903 chassis. For a complete list of supported pluggable interfaces, see the Cisco Optics Compatibility Matrix.

Evolutionary monitoring

Carrier-class Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM)

NetFlow, IEEE 802.1ag, IEEE 802.3ah, ITU Y.1731, IP Service-Level Agreement (IP SLA), Virtual Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV), ping, and traceroute

Timing capability

Hardware-based IEEE 1588, GPS/BITS interfaces, and SyncE support

Delivers timing services over the packet network. Support of PTP Telecom profiles (G.8265.1, G.8275.1, G.8275.2). SyncE on Ethernet ports across the ASR 9903 chassis, support of GPS, and BITS interfaces to provide redundant network synchronization.

Carrier-grade redundancy

Fully redundant configuration

Support of redundant configuration: two RPs, two fabrics, 4 power supply modules, 4 Fan modules

Carrier-class OS

Cisco IOS XR Software (64-bit)

Modular, patchable, scalable, highly available, carrier-core, and edge-proven operating system

The ASR 9903 compact high-performance router is available in the service edge variant.

Feature licenses are also available to turn on features on the ASR 9903, as described in the Table 6 “Feature license information for the ASR 9903 router with the Traditional Business Model”.

Product specifications

Table 2 provides product specifications for the ASR 9903 compact high-performance router.

Table 2.        Product specifications

Description

Specification

Physical dimensions (includes ejector bracket/lever); (H x W x D); weight

ASR 9903 chassis (including 2 RPs, 4 PSUs, 4 FANs): 5.18 x 17.475 x 30 in.; 81.62 lb (131.57 mm x 443.86 mm x 762 mm; 37 kg)

Note: Excluding ejector, the depth is 23.62 in/600 mm

Redundancy

Route processor redundancy

Switch fabric redundancy

Power supply redundancy:

Fan redundancy

Software redundancy

Port density

ASR 9903 chassis with integrated ports:

  16 QSFP28 ports capable of 10Gb, 40Gb, and 100Gb Ethernet
  20 SFP+ ports capable of 10Gb Ethernet

RP CPU memory

SDRAM DDR4 – 32GB default

Rack mounting

19-in.

Airflow

Front to back

Power

  1.6 kW DC power module (up to 4 modules), redundancy: 2+2
  1.6 kW AC power module (up to 4 modules), redundancy:

    AC high line (200-240V): 2+2

    AC low line (90-130V): 3+1

Note: Mixing of AC and DC modules is not supported.

Ethernet

  10 Gbps IEEE 802.3ae compliant
  40/100-Gbps IEEE 802.3ba compliant
  100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY monitoring
  IEEE 802.x flow control
  Full-duplex operation
  Per-port byte and packet counters for policy drops; oversubscription drops; Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) error drops; packet sizes; and unicast, multicast, and broadcast packets

Performance

  10-Gbps line-rate throughput per SFP+ port
  100-Gbps line-rate throughput per QSFP28 port

Operating temperature

41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)

Note: Limitations may apply when using high-power optics

Operating humidity (nominal) (relative humidity)

10 to 85%

Storage temperature

–40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C)

Storage (relative humidity)

5 to 95%

Note: Not to exceed 0.024 kg of water per kg of dry air

Operating altitude

–60 to 1800 m

ETSI/EN standards

The Cisco ASR 9903 Router is designed to meet:

  EN300 386: Telecommunications Network Equipment (EMC)
  ETSI 300 019 Storage Class 1.1
  ETSI 300 019 Transportation Class 2.3
  ETSI 300 019 Stationary Use Class 3.1
  EN55022: Information Technology Equipment (Emissions)
  EN55024: Information Technology Equipment (Immunity)
  EN50082-1/EN-61000-6-1: Generic Immunity Standard

EMC standards

The Cisco ASR 9903 Router is designed to meet:

  FCC Class A
  ICES 003 Class A
  AS/NZS 3548 Class A
  CISPR 22 (EN55022) Class A
  VCCI Class A
  BSMI Class A
   IEC/EN 61000-3-2: Power Line Harmonics
  IEC/EN 61000-3-3: Voltage Fluctuations and Flicker
  EN50121-4 Railway Applications Part 4: Emission and immunity of the signaling and telecommunications apparatus

Immunity

The Cisco ASR 9903 Router is designed to meet:

  IEC/EN-61000-4-2: Electrostatic Discharge Immunity (8kV Contact, 15kV Air)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-3: Radiated Immunity (10V/m)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-4: Electrical Fast Transient Immunity (2kV Power, 1kV Signal)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-5: Surge AC Port (4kV CM, 2kV DM)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-5: Signal Ports (1kV)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-5: Surge DC Port (1kV)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-6: Immunity to Conducted Disturbances (10Vrms)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-8: Power Frequency Magnetic Field Immunity (30A/m)
  IEC/EN-61000-4-11: Voltage DIPS, Short Interruptions, and Voltage Variations
  EN 50121-4: Railway EMC

Safety

The Cisco ASR 9903 Router is designed to meet:

  UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1
  IEC/EN 60825 Laser Safety
  ACA TS001
  AS/NZS 60950
  FDA: Code of Federal Regulations Laser Safety

Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS)

The Cisco ASR 9903 Router is designed to meet:

  SR-3580: NEBS Criteria Levels (Level 3)
  GR-1089-CORE: NEBS EMC and Safety
  GR-63-CORE: NEBS Physical Protection

Table 3 provides product specifications for the 2T Port Expansion Card.

Table 3.        Product specifications

Description

Specification

Port density

2 Terabit Port Expansion Card: 15 QSFP28 ports capable of 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, and 100Gb Ethernet traffic support. 5 QSFP-DD ports capable of 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, 100Gb, 200Gb, and 400Gb Ethernet traffic support.

Ethernet

  40/100-Gbps IEEE 802.3ba compliant
  100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY monitoring
  400-Gbos IEEE 802.3bs compliant
  IEEE 802.x flow control
  Full-duplex operation
  Per-port byte and packet counters for policy drops; oversubscription drops; Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) error drops; packet sizes; and unicast, multicast, and broadcast packets

Performance

  100-Gbps line-rate throughput per QSFP28 port
  400-Gbps line-rate throughput per QSFP-DD port

Physical dimensions (H x W x D); weight

2T Port Expansion Card: 1.47 x 16.31 x 15.09 in.; 15.02 lb (37.34 mm x 414.27 mm x 383.28 mm; 6.81 kg)

Operating temperature

41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)

Note: Limitations may apply when using high-power optics

Operating humidity (nominal) (relative humidity)

10 to 85%

Storage temperature

–40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C)

Storage (relative humidity)

5 to 95%

Note: Not to exceed 0.024 kg of water per kg of dry air

Operating altitude

–60 to 1800 m

Table 4 provides product specifications for the 800G Port Expansion Card.

Table 4.        Product specifications

Description

Specification

Port density

800 Gigabit Port Expansion Card: 32 SFP28 ports capable of 25Gb Ethernet traffic support.48 SFP+ ports capable of 10Gb Ethernet traffic support.

Ethernet

  10-Gbps IEEE 802.3ae compliant
  25-Gbps IEEE 802.3by and IEEE 802.3cc compliant
  IEEE 802.x flow control
  Full-duplex operation
  Per-port byte and packet counters for policy drops; oversubscription drops; Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) error drops; packet sizes; and unicast, multicast, and broadcast packets

Performance

  10 Gbps line rate throughput per SFP+ port
  25 Gbps line rate throughput per SFP28 port

Physical dimensions (H x W x D); weight

800G Port Expansion Card: 1.47 x 16.31 x 15.09 in.; 12.84 lb (est.) (37.34 mm x 414.27 mm x 383.28 mm; 5.82 kg)

Operating temperature

41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)

Note: Limitations may apply when using high-power optics

Operating humidity (nominal) (relative humidity)

10 to 85%

Storage temperature

–40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C)

Storage (relative humidity)

5 to 95%

Note: Not to exceed 0.024 kg of water per kg of dry air

Operating altitude

–60 to 1800 m

Ordering information

The ASR 9903 Compact High-Performance router is available to order through the Software Flexible Consumption Model (FCM) and Traditional Business Model.

The Flexible Consumption Model offers a built-in “pay-as-you-grow” structure that lowers initial start-up costs with the ability to add more capacity overtime as needed. Software subscription provides feature upgrades and helps defer the payment of software value for the initial purchase.

Table 5 provides ordering information for the ASR 9903 router with the Flexible Consumption Model.

Table 5.        Ordering information for the ASR 9903 router with the Flexible Consumption Model

Part number

Feature description

ASR-9903-FC

ASR 9903 1.6T Flexible Consumption Chassis

A99-RP-F-FC

ASR 9900 Fixed Chassis Route Processor - Flexible Consumption Model

A9903-20HG-PEC-FC

ASR 9903 2T Flexible Consumption Port Expansion Card

A9903-8HG-PEC-FC

ASR 9903 800G Flexible Consumption Port Expansion Card

PWR-1.6KW-AC

ASR 9900 Fixed Chassis AC Power Supply

PWR-1.6KW-DC

ASR 9900 Fixed Chassis DC Power Supply

ASR-9903-FAN

ASR 9903 Fan Tray

ASR-9903-4P-KIT

ASR 9903 4-Post Mounting Kit for 19-Inch Rack

ASR-9903-CAB-MGMT

ASR 9903 Cable Management

ASR-9903-FILTER

ASR 9903 Air Filter

S-A9K-LI-LIC-FC

ASR 9K Smart License Lawful Intercept – Flexible Consumption Model

ESS-ED-100G-RTU1

Edge Essentials Software RTU License per 100G

ADV-ED-100G-RTU1

Edge Advantage w/o Essentials Software RTU License per 100G

ADN-ED-100G-RTU1

Edge Advantage w/ Essentials Software RTU License per 100G

ESS-ED-400G-RTU1

Edge Essentials Software RTU License per 400G

ADV-ED-400G-RTU1

Edge Advantage w/o Essentials Software RTU License per 400G

ADN-ED-400G-RTU1

Edge Advantage w/ Essentials Software RTU License per 400G

ESS-ED-100G-SIA5

Edge Essentials SIA per 100G 60-120 months

ESS-ED-100G-SIA3

Edge Essentials SIA per 100G 36-59 months

ESS-ED-400G-SIA5

Edge Essentials SIA per 400G 60-120 months

ESS-ED-400G-SIA3

Edge Essentials SIA per 400G 36-59 months

ADV-ED-100G-SIA5

Edge Advantage w/o Essentials SIA per 100G for 60-120 months

ADV-ED-100G-SIA3

Edge Advantage w/o Essentials SIA per 100G for 36-59 months

ADV-ED-400G-SIA5

Edge Advantage w/o Essentials SIA per 400G for 60-120 months

ADV-ED-400G-SIA3

Edge Advantage w/o Essentials SIA per 400G for 36-59 months

ADN-ED-100G-SIA5

Edge Advantage w/ Essentials SIA per 100G for 60-120 months

ADN-ED-100G-SIA3

Edge Advantage w/ Essentials SIA per 100G for 36-59 months

ADN-ED-400G-SIA5

Edge Advantage w/ Essentials SIA per 400G for 60-120 months

ADN-ED-400G-SIA3

Edge Advantage w/ Essentials SIA per 400G for 36-59 months

For more information, please refer to the Cisco IOS XR Software Flexible Consumption Model Data Sheet.

Table 6 provides hardware ordering information for the ASR 9903 router with the Traditional Business Model.

Table 6.        Hardware ordering information for the ASR 9903 router with the Traditional Business Model

Part number

Feature description

ASR-9903

ASR 9903 Chassis

A99-RP-F

ASR 9900 Fixed Chassis Route Processor

A9903-20HG-PEC

ASR 9903 2T Multirate Port Expansion Card

A9903-8HG-PEC

ASR 9903 800G Multirate Port Expansion Card

PWR-1.6KW-AC

ASR 9900 Fixed Chassis AC Power Supply

PWR-1.6KW-DC

ASR 9900 Fixed Chassis DC Power Supply

ASR-9903-FAN

ASR 9903 Fan Tray

ASR-9903-4P-KIT

ASR 9903 4-Post Mounting Kit for 19-Inch Rack

ASR-9903-CAB-MGMT

ASR 9903 Cable Management

 ASR-9903-FILTER

ASR 9903 Air Filter

The ASR 9903 compact high-performance router supports optional feature licenses to enable features. Table 7 lists the feature licenses.

Table 7.        Feature license information for the ASR 9903 router with the Traditional Business Model

Part number

Feature description

S-A9903-IVRF

ASR 9903 License to Activate up to 8 VRFs for Fixed Ports

S-A9903-AIP

ASR 9903 Full-Scale VRF License for Fixed Ports

S-A9903-CGN

ASR 9903 License Inline CGv6 Transformation for Fixed Ports

S-A9903-20HG-IVRF

ASR 9903 License to Activate up to 8 VRFs for 2T PEC

S-A9903-20HG-AIP

ASR 9903 Full-Scale VRF License for 2T PEC

S-A9903-20HG-CGN

ASR 9903 License Inline CGv6 Transformation for 2T PEC

S-A9K-400G-F-ENBL

ASR 9903 Enablement License for 400G Port on 2T PEC

S-A9903-8HG-IVRF

ASR 9903 License to Activate up to 8 VRFs for 800G PEC

S-A9903-8HG-AIP

ASR 9903 Full scale VRF License for 800G PEC

S-A9903-8HG-CGN

ASR 9903 License In-line CGv6 Transformation for 800G PEC

S-A9K-MACSEC-10

ASR 9000 MACSEC 10G Right to use license

S-A9K-MACSEC-40

ASR 9000 MACSEC 40G Right to use license

S-A9K-MACSEC-100

ASR 9000 MACSEC 100G Right to use license

S-A9K-LI-LIC

ASR 9K Smart License Lawful Intercept

S-A9K-TUNNEL-ENT

ASR 9K Smart License RTU License for Tunnel Protocols

S-A9K-MOBILE-LIC

ASR 9K Smart License Advanced Mobile for System

S-A9K-NVSAT1-LIC

NV Host License for 1 nV Client

S-A9K-NVSAT5-LIC

NV Host License for up to 5 nV Clients

S-A9K-NVSAT20-LIC

NV Host License for up to 20 nV Clients

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Updated the Ordering information section with new license SKU content for both Traditional and FCM models. Updated relevant features and technical specifications across document.

Ordering information

July 26,2021

 

 

 

 

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