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Cisco Network Convergence System 540 Small-Density Router Data Sheet

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Cisco® NCS 540 Small-Density Routers are compact 1RU, temperature-hardened, conformal-coated platforms with advanced timing (Class C), security, and QoS features that revolutionize sub-100G routing by bringing the power of the IOS® XR operating system to 3G/4G/5G cell sites (CSRs) and ease “IP”-fication of Radio Access Network (RAN) and small-cell backhaul.

Product overview

The next phase of the network traffic explosion will be driven by use cases that make massive demands on communication service providers. Not only do these new-age applications stipulate greater data bandwidth, but they also need to be complemented by ultra-reliable, low-latency communications to deliver use cases like AR/VR media, UltraHD and new multimedia consumer experiences, massive Internet of Things (IoT), tactile internet, smart cities, AI surveillance, smart health, and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications such as smart meters.

Cisco Network Convergence System 540 (NCS 540) Small-Density Routers, part of the larger NCS 540 router family, are compact 1RU systems designed for cost-effective delivery of next-generation services and applications for mobile and wireline. These routers are sub-100G-bandwidth, cost-effective, native-25G, carrier-class, I-Temp, conformal-coated, 232-mm-deep, ETSI-compliant, ultra-low-power, 1RU devices capable of Class-C timing, best-in-class security, service exposure using NC/YANG, streaming telemetry, and flexible rollouts using SDN. Built for deployment in any-gen RAN backhaul, sub-6 5G cell sites, Fixed-Wireless Access (FWA), small-cell backhaul, FTTx, utilities, mission-critical enterprise applications, and low-speed Ethernet rings, the three variants of NCS 540 Small-Density Routers support a programable SR (segment routing) fabric and EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) as overlay for a unified end-to-end architecture with cross-domain orchestration via the industry-leading IOS XR software bundled with best-in-class services.

Key product highlights

      Cell site routers based on IOS XR extending Cisco’s 5G Converged SDN Transport to mobile towers with the smallest footprint, ever

      Only router in the industry with native 25G interfaces in a sub-100G bandwidth form factor allowing cost-effective and seamless backhauling of 5G NR

      G.8273.2 Class C Timing complaint

      Low power consumption: <70W maximum at full load (65°C)

      Height: 1 RU; width: 445 mm; depth: 232 mm

      Dual power supplies for both AC and DC variants and redundant fans: 3+1

      Suitable for indoor or outdoor (IP65/IP66 with sufficient cooling) cabinets: I-Temp, conformal-coated form factors conforming to GR-3108 class 2 and ETSI standards

      Side-to-side airflow

      Segment routing with IPv6 data plane (SRv6)

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

      Security - Trust Anchor infrastructure, secure boot, image signing, run-time defense

      True, secure zero-touch provisioning with the Cisco Crosswork automation suite

      Fully compliant to MEF3.0 architecture for wireline networks*

      Flexible consumption model

Model comparison

Chassis PID

N540X-6Z18G-SYS-A

N540X-6Z18G-SYS-D

N540X-8Z16G-SYS-A

N540X-8Z16G-SYS-D

N540X-4Z14G2Q-A

N540X-4Z14G2Q-D

CPU

4-core 2GHz CPU

4-core 2GHz CPU

4-core 2GHz CPU

Memory

8 GB DRAM

8 GB DRAM

8 GB DRAM

Storage

16 GB eMMC

16 GB eMMC

16 GB eMMC

Interfaces

6x 10/1GE

18x 1GE

8x 10/1GE

4x 1GE SFP

4x 1GE RJ45

8x 1GE SFP or 16x 1GE cSFP

2x 25/10/1GE

4x 10/1GE

10x 1GE SFP

4x 1GE Combo SFP/RJ45

Performance

Up to 125 Mpps

Up to 125 Mpps

Up to 125 Mpps

Power Supplies

1 + 1 Fixed redundant DC

1 + 1 Fixed redundant AC

@ -40°C: 33W

@ +65°C: 60W

1 + 1 Fixed redundant DC

1 + 1 Fixed redundant AC

@ -40°C: 49W

@ +65°C: 75W

1 + 1 Fixed redundant DC

1 + 1 Fixed redundant AC

Fans

Fixed redundant fans: 3+1

Fixed redundant fans: 3+1

Fixed redundant fans: 3+1

Airflow

Side to side: right to left

Side to side: right to left

Side to side: right to left

Operating Temperature Range

I-Temp:

-40°C to +65°C up to 1800 m

-40°C to +55°C up to 4000 m

I-Temp:

-40°C to +65°C up to 1800 m

-40°C to +60°C with CSFP

-40°C to +55°C up to 4000 m

I-Temp:

-40°C to +65°C up to 1800 m

-40°C to +55°C up to 4000 m

Nonoperating (Storage) Temperature

–40°C to +65°C

–40°C to +65°C

–40°C to +65°C

Operating Humidity Range

5-95% RH, noncondensing

5-95% RH, noncondensing

5-95% RH, noncondensing

Storage (Relative) Humidity

5-95% at 40°C per NEBS GR-63-Core

5-95% at 40°C per NEBS GR-63-Core

5-95% at 40°C per NEBS GR-63-Core

Surge Rating**

4KV common mode

2KV differential mode

4KV common mode

2KV differential mode

4KV common mode

2KV differential mode

Timing

SyncE, PTP,

Interfaces: 1pps, 10MHz, ToD

Class C

SyncE, PTP,

Interfaces: 1pps, 10MHz, ToD

Class C

SyncE, PTP,

Interfaces: 1pps, 10MHz, ToD

Class C

Physical Specification

Height: 1 RU

Width: 445 mm

Depth: 232 mm

Weight: 5.85 kg – AC unit

5.5 kg – DC unit

Height: 1 RU

Width: 445 mm

Depth: 232 mm

Weight: 5.85 kg – AC unit

5.5 kg – DC unit

Height: 1 RU

Width: 445 mm

Depth: 232 mm

Weight: 5.85 kg – AC unit

5.5 kg – DC unit

Conformal Coated

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mounting Options

19”, 23”, ETSI, wall mount

19”, 23”, ETSI, wall mount

19”, 23”, ETSI, wall mount

Management Interfaces

USB console port, USB memory port, RJ45 console

USB console port, USB memory port, RJ45 console

USB console port, USB memory port, RJ45 console

Sensors

Humidity

Humidity

Humidity

* Indicates post FCS support.
**Requires external surge protection devices for installations where higher surge levels are expected. Failure to do so might lead to permanent damage.

Key software feature support

Specification

Description

Layer 2

VPWS, VPLS, IRB/BVI v4/v6

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

Layer 3

IPv4 and IPv6 unicast routing

Layer 3 interfaces: physical interfaces and subinterfaces

Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)

Open Shortest Path First (OSPFv2, OSPFv3)

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) v4/v6, LU, PIC, Path Selection, Attributes, TE, Authentication, Security, LS

Multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP)

Intermediate System to Intermediate System (ISIS, ISISv6)

Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP)

Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) v4/v6, Timers, Routing Protocols, Bundle Interfaces, BFD unnumbered

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)

L3 VPN, 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

Multilevel priority queuing

Match, Stats, Classification, Queue management, Remarking

Classification based on L2/L3/L4 fields

Weighted Random Early Detection (WRED)

Deep packet buffer

Timing

SyncE with ESMC

External 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 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

NetFlow

SPAN/ERSPAN

Manageability

CLI, ICMP, EEM, FTP, TFTP, Telnet

SNMP MIB

NETCONF/gRPC (XML, JSON, GPB)

YANG models (native, open: OpenConfig, IETF)

Model/Event-Driven Telemetry

RPM-based SW infrastructure

Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) with iPXE

Supported transceiver modules

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

Regulatory standards compliance

Regulatory standards compliance: Safety and EMC

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 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

CSA 62368-1

ANSI/UL 62368-1

IEC 62368-1:2014

EN 62368-1:2014+A11:2017

EMC Standards

EN55032:2015

KN61000-3-12:2014

EN61000-3-2:2014

ICES-003:2016:Iss:6

EN55032:2012

EN61000-3-12:2011

KN61000-3-11:2014

47 CFR Part 15:2016

KN61000-3-3:2014

CISPR32:2015:Ed:2

CISPR32:2012:Ed:1

CNS13438:2006

KN32:2015

EN300 386:2012:V1.6.1

KN61000-3-2:2014

EN61000-3-11:2000

VCCI-CISPR 32:2016

EN61000-3-3:2013

EMC Immunity

IEC 61000-4 series

CISPR24:2010+A1:2015

CISPR35:2016:Ed:1

EN IEC61000-6-1:2019

EN300 386:2012:V1.6.1

EN55024:2010

EN55024:2010:A1

EN55035:2017

EN61000-6-1:2007

EN61000-6-2:2005

EN61000-6-2:2019

IEC61000-6-1:2016:Ed:3

IEC61000-6-2:2016:Ed:3

KN35:2015

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

N540X-6Z18G-SYS-A

N540X-6Z18G-SYS-D

N540X-8Z16G-SYS-A

N540X-8Z16G-SYS-D

N540X-4Z14G2Q-A

N540X-4Z14G2Q-D

Description

NCS540 18x1G SFP + 6x1/10G SFP+

Dual-AC iTEMP Conformal-Coated Chassis

NCS540 18x1G SFP + 6x1/10G SFP+

Dual-DC iTEMP Conformal-Coated Chassis

N540 12/20(CSFP) x1G + 4x1GCu + 8x1/10G Dual-AC iTEMP Conformal-Coated Chassis

N540 12/20(CSFP) x1G + 4x1GCu + 8x1/10G Dual-DC iTEMP Conformal-Coated Chassis

NCS540 14x1G + 4x1/10G + 2x10/25G Dual-AC iTEMP Conformal-Coated Chassis

NCS540 14x1G + 4x1/10G + 2x10/25G Dual-DC iTEMP Conformal-Coated Chassis

Rackmount for AC Variant

N540-RCKMT-19-ACA

N540-RCKMT-23-ACA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACA

N540-RCKMT-19-ACA

N540-RCKMT-23-ACA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACA

N540-RCKMT-19-ACA

N540-RCKMT-23-ACA

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACA

Rackmount for DC Variant

N540-RCKMT-19-ACD

N540-RCKMT-23-ACD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACD

N540-RCKMT-19-ACD

N540-RCKMT-23-ACD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACD

N540-RCKMT-19-ACD

N540-RCKMT-23-ACD

N540-RKMT-ETSI-ACD

Cable Bracket

N540-CBL-BRKT-AC

N540-CBL-BRKT-AC

N540-CBL-BRKT-AC

FCS Software

IOS XR 7.3.1

IOS XR 7.3.1

IOS XR 7.4.1

Ordering information for software licenses available on NCS 540 portfolio. Learn more.

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-AC-10G-SIA-3

Essentials SW Innovation Access per 10G 3-year subscription

ESS-AC-10G-SIA-5

Essentials SW Innovation Access per 10G 5-year subscription

ADV-AC-10G-SIA-3

Advanced SW Innovation Access per 10G 3-year subscription

ADV-AC-10G-SIA-5

Advanced SW Innovation Access per 10G 5-year subscription

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 Customer Experience (CX) 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 CX helps you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources. Spanning the entire network lifecycle, Cisco CX offerings help increase investment protection, optimize network operations, support migration operations, and strengthen your IT expertise.

Warranty information

The Cisco NCS 540 Small-Density Routers 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).

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

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