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Cisco Network Convergence System 540 Fronthaul Routers Data Sheet

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Overview

Radio Access Network (RAN) decisions are important and deserve a lot of attention. Given the large number of cell sites already in their networks, and those that will be added to meet the growing bandwidth demands from subscribers, RAN purchases can account for up to 80 percent of mobile operators’

Capital Expenditures (CapEx). Additionally, it is estimated that RAN Operating Expenses (OpEx) account for 60 percent of TCO. Consequently, there is tremendous pressure on mobile operators to operate more efficiently and improve operational economics while meeting the increasing demands of legacy wireline, wireless services, and new 5G offerings.

Up to now, the RAN has been based on legacy network technology. However, the increase in base stations to support 4G LTE expansions, and new 5G service introductions, is driving Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to seek out new densification strategies. It is time for the RAN to evolve to become cloud scale, software defined, and virtualized. To this end, industry forums such as the Open RAN Alliance, IEEE Subcommittees, and the CPRI Cooperation, are working with Service Providers (SPs), to develop and test new densification strategies that can help them realize their business objectives and improve their TCO.

These densification strategies have been focused on demand for Cloud RAN or Centralized RAN (CRAN) architectures that are open, software defined, virtualized, and cloud scalable. CRAN disaggregates base stations by separating Radio Units (RUs) from Radio Equipment Controllers (RECs) and centrally locates these REC functions in regional/distributed data centers. This approach helps lower costs and improve performance and scalability.

The Cisco Network Convergence Systems 540 Fronthaul Routers (NCS540) are key elements of the Cisco Converged SDN Transport architecture. The solution and the routers are designed to meet and exceed stringent bandwidth, latency, and scalability performance demands of 5G now and in the foreseeable future. This solution simplifies the mobile network architecture end to end and significantly reduces operator TCO.

The Cisco Network Convergence Systems 540 Fronthaul Router portfolio is fully programmable, permitting customers to extend xHaul capabilities as specifications continue to evolve. They are based on high- performance, low-latency, next-generation Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) extended with a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that permits the flexibility for quickly adapting to evolving radio interface processing specifications for CPRI, eCPRI, and Radio over Ethernet (ROE). Cisco has built these platforms with requisite hardware resources to permit operators to add RAN functions in a hosted model leveraging the built-in powerful FPGA. Leveraging a FPGA-enhanced architecture over a fixed ASIC pipeline, the Cisco Fronthaul Router product family offers the flexibility required to address both short-term and long-term mobile transport requirements. The new Cisco Fronthaul Router portfolio is truly designed to protect your investments in 5G and beyond.

These fronthaul routers are extensions of the comprehensive Cisco Network Convergence Systems Router portfolio designed for cost-effective delivery of next-generation services and applications. As such these routers are temperature-hardened, high-throughput, small form factor, low-power-consumption devices suitable for a number of deployments and configurations. 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 benefits

     High-speed and ultra-low latency forwarding to meet stringent radio transport requirements

     Converged services with optimized transport performance for fronthaul

     Flexible and fully programmable architecture to support evolving standards

     Precise timing and synchronization capabilities to support new radio techniques

     Consistent end-to-end IP network to simplify architecture and operations

     Open and automated management

     Lowest TCO for fronthaul

Key technical product highlights

     1 RU small form factor with depth <600mm

     Front-to-back airflow

     Temperature hardened, suitable for deployments in indoor or outdoor cabinets*

     Power consumption,

    Cell Site: NCS 540-FH-CSR-SYS: minimum <250W, typical <285W, maximum 325W

    Aggregation: NCS 540-FH-AGG-SYS: minimum <650W, typical <675W, maximum 700W

     Versatile Ethernet interface options: 10/25/100G

     CPRI interface options: Rates 3/4/5/6/7/8

     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

* For an outside plant installation (cell site cabinet, hut etc.), it is required that the Cisco NCS540 Series Router 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, we recommend that the unit be installed in a fully sealed enclosure or cabinet

Images shown NCS 540-FH-CSR-SYS and NCS 540-FH-AGG-SYS

Cisco NCS 540 Fronthaul Router Family

Figure 1.               

Cisco NCS 540 Fronthaul Router Family

NCS 540 Fronthaul Router Model Comparison

Chassis PID

NCS 540-FH-CSR-SYS (Remote Indoor CSR)

NCS 540-FH-AGG-SYS (Aggregation Router)

CPU

Memory Storage

8-core 1.7Ghz x86 CPU 8GB DRAM

32GB storage

8-core 1.7Ghz x86 CPU 8GB DRAM

32GB storage

Interfaces

8xCPRI Option 3-8

+ *4x1/10G/CPRI 3-8

+ 8x1/10G

+ 4x1/10/25G

+ 2x10/25G (802.1Qbu)

+ 2x100G

 

*Universal Port = Port can be used for CPRI, eCPRI, Ethernet (1/10GE)

*24x1G/10G/25G (802.1Qbu, CPRI option 3-8)

+ 4x100G

 

 

 

*Universal Port = Port can be used for CPRI, eCPRI, Ethernet (1/10/25GE)

Throughput

Up to 300 Gbps

Up to 900 Gbps

Power Supplies Fans Airflow

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

6 fans provide 5+1 redundant system cooling Front-to-back airflow

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

6 modular fans provide 5+1 redundant system cooling

Front-to-back airflow

Temperature Range

I-Temp: -40°C to+65°C at 1,000ft

+60°C at 6,000ft

+50°C at 13,000ft

C-Temp: 0°C to +55°C at 1,000ft

+50°C at 6,000ft

+45°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

Timing

SyncE, PTP

Internal GNSS receiver SW*

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

Class C

SyncE, PTP

Internal GNSS receiver SW*

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

Physical Specification

1RU

Depth: 38.1cm

1.72 in. x 17.5 in. x 15 in (H x W x L)

Weight: 7.55 kg

1RU

Depth: 58cm

1.72 in. x 17.5 in. x 22.82 in (H x W x L)

Weight: 11.3 kg

*  Post FCS

Software feature support on NCS 540 Fronthaul Routers 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 +65°C (1,000 ft.), +60°C (6,000 ft.),

+45°C (13,000 ft.)

Commercial temperature: 0°C to +55°C (1,000 ft.),+50°C (6,000 ft.)

+45°C (13,000 ft.)

Nonoperating (storage) temperature

–40 to 70°C (–40 to 158°F)

Operating humidity

NCS 540: 15% to 85% (noncondensing) except

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 at FCS

Specification

Description

Regulatory compliance

Products 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, GR-1089-CORE and GR-3108 Class-2

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

NCS 540-FH-CSR-SYS (Remote Indoor CSR)

NCS 540-FH-AGG-SYS (Aggregation Router)

Description

8xCPRI Option 3-8

+ *4x1/10G/CPRI 3-8

+ 8x1/10G

+ 4x1/10/25G

+ 2x10/25G (802.1Qbu)

+ 2x100G

 

*Universal Port = Port can be used for CPRI, eCPRI, Ethernet (1/10GE)

*24x1G/10G/25G (802.1Qbu, CPRI option 3-8)

+ 4x100G

 

 

 

*Universal Port = Port can be used for CPRI, eCPRI, Ethernet (1/10/25GE)

Power Supplies Fans Accessories

Power Supply:

N540-PWR400-A N540-PWR400-D

Rackmount for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19 N540-RCKMT-23 N540-RKMT-ETSI

Power Supply:

N540-PWR750-A

N540-PWR750-D

Fan:

N540-FAN

Rackmount for AC variant:

N540-RCKMT-19

N540-RCKMT-23

N540-RKMT-ETSI

Software

XR-6.5-AC-TRK TRK-6.5-54

XR-6.5-AC-TRK

TRK-6.5-54

Ordering information for software licenses available on NCS 540 Fronthaul Routers

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-4

Essentials SW Innovation Access per 10G 4-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-4

Advanced SW Innovation Access per 10G 4-year subscription

ADV-10G-SIA-5

Advanced SW Innovation Access per 10G 5-year subscription

Ordering information for power cables supported on NCS 540 Fronthaul Routers

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 Fronthaul routers. 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

Cisco NCS 540 Fronthaul Routers have 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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