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Overview

The Cisco Visual Network Index forecasts that global IP traffic will increase threefold by 2021, driven by both mobile and wireline traffic.

This explosion will be driven by next generation technologies such as 5G for mobile, Remote PHY for cable and Carrier Ethernet evolution. The service provider network of the future will not just provide exponentially higher bandwidth at lower operating costs but will also be capable of enabling new applications such as pervasive mobile broadband, massive IoT, tactile Internet, smart cities, and virtual reality. A growing number of M2M applications, such as smart meters, video surveillance, healthcare monitoring, transportation, and package or asset tracking, are contributing in a major way to the growth of devices and connections.

The Cisco® Network Convergence System 540 Routers (NCS 540) are designed for cost-effective delivery of next-generation services and applications. These routers are temperature-hardened, high-throughput, small form factor, low-power-consumption devices suitable for both outdoor and indoor deployments. They are powered by the industry-leading carrier-class version of Cisco IOS XR Software designed for operational efficiency and service agility. Cisco IOS XR Software offers advanced features such as programmability, application awareness, network visibility, and automation. The Cisco NCS 540 series of routers is an intelligent converged access platform which enables service providers to deliver next-level business and entertainment experiences.

Key product highlights

     1 RU small form factor with depth <300mm

     Side-to-side or front-to-back airflow

     Environmental hardened, suitable for deployments in indoor or outdoor cabinets

     Low power consumption, minimum <100W, typical <200W, maximum 250W

     Versatile Ethernet interface options: 10/100/1000M, 1/10/25/40/100G

     Low latency forwarding, typically <10 ms

     Precise frequency and phase/time synchronization using the latest industry standards

     Integrated GNSS receiver

     Rich Quality of Service capabilities for different SLAs

     MEF 3.0 Compliant

     Excellent manageability

     Flexible consumption model

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Figure 1.           

Cisco NCS 540 Family

Model comparison

Chassis PID

N540-24Z8Q2C-SYS

N540-24Z8Q2C-M

N540-ACC-SYS

N540X-ACC-SYS (Conformal Coated)

N540X-16Z4G8Q2C -A

N540X-16Z4G8Q2C –D

N540X-12Z16G-SYS-A

N540X-12Z16G-SYS-D

N540-28Z4C-SYS -A

N540-28Z4C-SYS –D

N540-12Z20G-SYS -A

N540-12Z20G-SYS -D

CPU
Memory

Storage

4-core 1.5Ghz x86 CPU
32GB DRAM
128GB storage

4-core 1.5Ghz x86 CPU
16GB DRAM
128GB storage

8-core 1.7GHz x86 CPU
8GB DRAM
32GB storage

4-core 1.6GHz x86 CPU
8GB DRAM
32GB storage

8-core 1.7GHz x86 CPU
8GB DRAM
32GB storage

4-core 1.6GHz x86 CPU
8GB DRAM
32GB storage

Interfaces

24x 1GE/10GE

8x 1GE/10GE/25GE

2x 40GE/100GE

24x 1GE/10GE

8x 1GE/10GE/25GE

2x 40GE/100GE

4x 1GE RJ-45 (10/100M)*

16x 1GE/10GE

8x 1GE*/10GE*/25GE

2x 40GE*/100GE

4x 1GE RJ-45 (10/100M)*

12x 1GE

12x 1GE/10GE

28x 1GE/10GE

4x 40GE*/100GE

20x 1GE

12x 1GE/10GE

Performance

Up to 300 Mpps

Up to 300 Mpps

Up to 300 Mpps

Up to 160 Mpps

Up to 300 Mpps

Up to 160 Mpps

Power Supplies
Fans
Airflow

2 hot-swappable AC/DC power supplies provide 1+1 redundancy

4 modular fans provide 3+1 redundant system cooling

Front-to-back airflow

2 hot-swappable AC/DC power supplies provide 1+1 redundancy

4 modular fans provide 3+1 redundant system cooling

Front-to-back airflow

Fixed dual redundant DC power supplies

Fixed single AC power supply

Modular Fan Tray with redundant fans

Side-to-side Airflow (right to left)

Fixed dual redundant DC power supplies

Fixed single AC power supply

Fixed redundant fans

Side-to-side Airflow (right to left)

Fixed dual redundant DC power supplies

Fixed single AC power supply

Fixed redundant fans

Front-to-back airflow

Fixed dual redundant DC power supplies

Fixed single AC power supply

Fixed redundant fans

Front-to-back airflow

Temperature Range

I-Temp: -40°C to
+70°C at 1,000ft
+65°C at 6,000ft
+55°C at 13,000ft

I-Temp: -40°C to +70°C at 1,000ft
+65°C at 6,000ft
+55°C at 13,000ft

Conformal coated SKU option for hot humid conditions

I-Temp: -40°C to +70°C at 1,000ft
+65°C at 6,000ft
+55°C at 13,000ft

Conformal coated SKU for hot humid conditions

I-Temp: -40°C to +70°C at 1,000ft
+65°C at 6,000ft
+55°C at 13,000ft

Conformal coated SKU for hot humid conditions

C-Temp: -5°C to +55°C at 6,000ft
+40°C at 13,000ft

C-Temp: -5°C to
+55°C at 6,000ft
+40°C at 13,000ft

Surge Rating

As per IEC 61000-4-5

AC: 1kV DM, 2kV CM

DC: 1kV DM, 1kV CM

AC: 1kV DM, 2kV CM

DC: 1kV DM, 1kV CM

AC: 2KV DM, 2KV CM

DC: 1KV DM, 2KV CM

AC: 2KV DM, 2KV CM

DC: 1KV DM, 1KV CM

AC: 2KV DM, 2KV CM

DC: 1KV DM, 1KV CM

AC: 2KV DM, 2KV CM

DC: 1KV DM, 1KV CM

Timing

SyncE, PTP

Internal GNSS receiver SW*

Interfaces: 1pps, 10MHz, ToD, antenna for GNSS

Class B

SyncE, PTP

Internal GNSS receiver SW*

Interfaces: 1pps, 10MHz, ToD, antenna for GNSS

Class B

SyncE, PTP

Internal GNSS receiver SW*

Interfaces: BITS, 1pps, 10MHz, ToD, antenna for GNSS

Class C

SyncE, PTP

Internal GNSS receiver SW*

Interfaces: BITS, 1pps, 10MHz, ToD, antenna for GNSS

Class C

SyncE, PTP

Interfaces: BITS, 1pps, 10MHz, ToD, antenna for GNSS

Class B/C*

SyncE, PTP

Interfaces: BITS, 1pps, 10MHz, ToD, antenna for GNSS

Class B/C*

Physical Specification

1RU
Depth: 26 cm

1.72 in. x 17.3 in. x 10.1 in.

Weight: 5.9 kg

1RU

Depth: 26 cm

1.72 in. x 17.3 in. x 10.1 in.

Weight: 5.9 kg

1RU

Depth: 28 cm

1.72 in. x 17.3 in. x 11.02 in.

Weight: 5.5 kg

1RU

Depth: 25 cm

1.72 in. x 17.3 in. x 9.84 in.

Weight: 6.0 kg

1RU

Depth: 25 cm

1.72 in. x 17.3 in. x 9.84 in.

Weight: 4.7 kg

1RU

Depth: 25 cm

1.72 in. x 17.3 in. x 9.84 in.

Weight: 4.7 kg

* Post FCS

Software feature support on NCS 540 in Cisco IOS XR:

Description

Specification

Layer 2

Layer 2 forwarding and bridging

Bridge Domains (BD)

Ethernet Flow Point (EFP)

IEEE 802.1Q VLANs and Q-in-Q

Ethernet Link Aggregation Group (LAG)

Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) 802.3ad

G.8032

Jumbo frames on all ports

Layer 3

IPv4 and IPv6 unicast routing

Layer 3 interfaces: physical interfaces and sub-interfaces

Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)

Open Shortest Path First (OSPFv2, OSPFv3)

Intermediate System to Intermediate System (ISIS, ISISv6)

Multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP)

Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP)

Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)

Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)

Integrated Routing Bridging (IRB) with Bridge Virtual Interface (BVI)

Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)

MPLS

Label switching (LER, LSR)

Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)

BGP Labeled Unicast (BGP-LU)

MPLS Traffic Engineering with RSVP-TE

Point-to-point L2VPN – Static, T-LDP, EVPN-VPWS

Multipoint L2VPN – VPLS, EVPN

L2/L3 EVPN with Anycast IRB

6PE, 6VPE

IP Loop-Free Alternate (LFA) Fast Reroute (FRR)

RSVP-TE Fast Reroute (FRR)

Segment Routing (SR)

Segment Routing with MPLS data plane (SR-MPLS)

Segment Routing with IPv6 data plane (SRv6)

ISIS, OSPF, BGP extensions to segment routing

BGP Egress Peering Engineering (BGP-EPE)

Segment Routing Traffic Engineering (SRTE)

Segment Routing Path Computation Element (SR-PCE)

Topology Independent Loop-Free Alternate (TI-LFA)

Segment Routing On-Demand Next-hop (SR-ODN)

Multicast

IPv4 and IPv6 multicast routing

PIM-SM, PIM-SSM

IGMPv3, MLDv2

mLDP

mVPN

P2MP-TE

Quality of Service (QoS)

Class-based 3-level Hierarchical QoS

Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ)

Policing, Shaping

Multi-level priority queuing

Classification based on L2/L3/L4 fields

Remarking

Weighted Random Early Detection (WRED)

Deep packet buffer

Timing

SyncE with ESMC

Integrated GNSS receiver

IEEE 1588-2008 PTP T-GM, T-BC, T-TSC

G.8265.1, G.8275.1, G.8275.2

G.8273.2 Class B/C

Security

Control-plane and management plane protection

Local Packet Transport Services (LPTS)

Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System Plus (TACACS+)

Secure Shell (SSH)

Layer 3 ingress and egress ACLs for IPv4 and IPv6

Layer 2 ingress ACLs

Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (Unicast RPF)

OAM

CDP, LLDP, ICMP, DHCP Relay

IP SLA

MPLS OAM

Ethernet OAM: CFM, Y.1731 DM/SLM

TWAMP

Model/Event Driven Telemetry

Netflow

SPAN/ERSPAN

Manageability

CLI

SNMP MIB

NETCONF/gRPC (XML, JSON, GPB)

YANG models (native, open: OpenConfig, IETF)

RPM-based SW infrastructure

Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) with iPXE

3rd party application hosting on N540-24Z8Q2C-SYS

Supported transceiver modules

Please refer to Transceiver Module Group (TMG) Compatibility Matrix for the NCS 540 Series supported transceivers.

Environment

     Environmental properties for NCS 540 fixed systems

Normal operating temperature

Industrial temperature: –40°C to +70°C (1,000 ft.), +65°C (6,000 ft.), +55°C (13,000 ft.)

Commercial temperature: –5°C to +55°C (6,000 ft.), +40°C (13,000 ft.)

Nonoperating (storage) temperature

–40 to 70°C (–40 to 158°F)

Operating humidity

All variants of NCS 540: 5% to 95% (noncondensing) except

N540-28Z4C-SYS-A/D, N540-12Z20G-SYS-A/D: 15% to 85% (noncondensing)

Storage (relative) humidity

5% to 95% at 40°C per NEBS GR-63-Core

Altitude

0 to 13,000 ft.

Power

Worldwide ranging AC (90–265V; 50–60 Hz)

Worldwide ranging DC (–40V to –72V)

Regulatory standards compliance

     Regulatory standards compliance: safety and EMC

Specification

Description

Regulatory compliance

Products should comply with CE markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC

Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS)

Designed to meet GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE

Safety

UL 60950-1 Second Edition

CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition

EN 60950-1 Second Edition

IEC 60950-1 Second Edition

AS/NZS 60950-1

GB4943

EMC standards

47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A

AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A

CISPR22 Class A

EN55022 Class A

ICES003 Class A

VCCI Class A

EN61000-3-2

EN61000-3-3

KN22 Class A

CNS13438 Class A

EMC immunity

EN55024

CISPR24

EN300386

KN 61000-4 series

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

RoHS

The product is RoHS-6 compliant with exceptions for leaded-ball grid-array (BGA) balls and lead press-fit connectors

Ordering information

Router PID

N540-24Z8Q2C-SYS

N540-ACC-SYS

N540X-ACC-SYS

N540X-16Z4G8Q2C-A

N540X-16Z4G8Q2C-D

N540X-12Z16G-SYS-A

N540X-12Z16G-SYS-D

N540-28Z4C-SYS-A

N540-28Z4C-SYS-D

N540-12Z20G-SYS-A

N540-12Z20G-SYS-D

Description

NCS 540 24x1/10GE, 8x10/25GE, 2x100GE chassis

NCS 540 24x1/10GE, 8x10/25GE, 2x100GE chassis

NCS 540 24x1/10GE, 8x10/25GE, 2x100GE conformal coated chassis

Cisco NCS 540 System with 16x10G+4x1G

Cu+8x25G+2x100G, AC

Cisco NCS 540 System with 16x10G+4x1G Cu+8x25G+2x100G, DC

GE, 2x100G chassis

Cisco NCS 540 System with 12x1G SFP + 4x1G Cu + 12x10G AC

Cisco NCS 540 System with 12x1G SFP + 4x1G Cu + 12x10G, DC

Cisco NCS 540 System with 28x10G+4x100G, AC

Cisco NCS 540 System with 28x10G+4x100G, DC

Cisco NCS 540 System with 20x1G+12x10G, AC

Cisco NCS 540 System with 20x1G+12x10G, DC

Power Supplies

Fans

Accessories

Power Supply:

N540-PWR400-A

N540-PWR400-D

Fan:

N540-FAN

Rackmount for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19

N540-RCKMT-23

N540-RKMT-ETSI

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-GD-19

Power Supply:

N540-PWR400-A

N540-PWR400-D

Fan:

N540-FAN

Rackmount for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19

N540-RCKMT-23

N540-RKMT-ETSI

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-GD-19

Power Supply:

N540-PWR400-A

N540-PWR400-D

Fan:

N540-X-FAN

Rackmount for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19

N540-RCKMT-23

N540-RKMT-ETSI

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-GD-19

Fan Tray:

N540-X-BB-FAN

Rackmounts for DC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-EGD

N540-RCKMT-23-EGD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-EGD

Rackmounts for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-EGA

N540-RCKMT-23-EGA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-EGA

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-BRKT-EG

Rackmounts for DC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-ACD

N540-RCKMT-23-ACD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACD

Rackmounts for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-ACA

N540-RCKMT-23-ACA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACA

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-BRKT-AC

Rackmounts for DC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-CLD

N540-RCKMT-23-CLD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-CLD

Rackmounts for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-CLA

N540-RCKMT-23-CLA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-CLA

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-BRKT-CL

N540-WALLMT-CLA

Rackmounts for DC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-CLD

N540-RCKMT-23-CLD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-CLD

Rackmounts for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19-CLA

N540-RCKMT-23-CLA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-CLA

Cable Brackets:

N540-CBL-BRKT-DN

N540-WALLMT-CLA

Software

XR-6.5-AC-TRK

TRK-6.5-54

XR-6.5-AC-TRK

TRK-6.5-54

XR-6.5-AC-TRK

TRK-6.5-54

XR-7.0-AC-TRK

TRK-7.0-54

XR-7.0-AC-TRK

TRK-7.0-54

XR-7.0-AC-TRK

TRK-7.0-54

XR-7.0-AC-TRK

TRK-7.0-54

Ordering information for software licenses available on NCS 540

Part number

Description

ESS-AC-10G-RTU-1

Essentials SW Right-to-Use per 10G

ADV-AC-10G-RTU-1

Advanced SW Right-to-Use per 10G

ESS-10G-SIA-3

Essentials SW Innovation Access per 10G 3-year subscription

ESS-10G-SIA-5

Essentials SW Innovation Access per 10G 5-year subscription

ADV-10G-SIA-3

Advanced SW Innovation Access per 10G 3-year subscription

ADV-10G-SIA-5

Advanced SW Innovation Access per 10G 5-year subscription

Ordering information for power cables supported on NCS 540

Part number

Description

CAB-AC-SA

Power Cord - South Africa, 16/10A,250V,1830mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-ARG

Power Cord - Argentina, 10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-ISR

Power Cord - Israel, 16/10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-TAI

Power Cord - Taiwan, 15/10A,125V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-CHI

Power Cord - China, 10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-KOR

Power Cord - Korea, 16/10A,125V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-EUR

Power Cord - Europe, 16/10A,250V, 2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-ITL

Power Cord - Italy, 10A,250V, 2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-UK

Power Cord - UK, 13/10A, 250V, 2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-AUS

Power Cord - Australia, 10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-US

Power Cord - US, 15A,125V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-BRA

Power Cord - Brazil, 10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-IND

Power Cord - India, 16/10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-SUI

Power Cord - Swiss, 10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-SA

Power Cord - South Africa, 16/10A,250V,1830mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-ARG

Power Cord - Argentina, 10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

CAB-AC-ISR

Power Cord - Israel, 16/10A,250V,2500mm, -40C to +85C

Service and support

Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in deploying and optimizing the Cisco NCS 540. These innovative Cisco Services offerings are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, and they are focused on helping you increase operating efficiency and improve your network operation. Cisco Advanced Services uses an architecture-led approach to help you align your data center infrastructure with your business goals and achieve long-term value. Cisco Services helps you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources. With this service, you can take advantage of the Cisco Smart Call Home service, which offers proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on your Cisco NCS 540. Spanning the entire network lifecycle, Cisco Services offerings help increase investment protection, optimize network operations, support migration operations, and strengthen your IT expertise.

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Warranty

The Cisco NCS 540 has a 1-year limited hardware warranty. The warranty includes hardware replacement with a 10-day turnaround from receipt of a Return Materials Authorization (RMA).

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