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Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series switches are purpose-built for resiliency at scale with the industry’s most comprehensive security and allows your business to grow at lowest total operational cost. Built upon the foundation of Catalyst 9000, the Catalyst 9600 Series offers scale and security when always on is a must.

As foundational building blocks for the Cisco Digital Network Architecture, Catalyst 9600 Series switches help customers simplify complexity, optimize IT, and reduce operational costs by leveraging intelligence, automation and human expertise that no other vendor can deliver regardless of where you are in the intent-based networking journey.

Catalyst 9600 Series Switches provide security features that protects the integrity of the hardware as well as the software and all data that flows through the switch. It provides resiliency that keeps your business up and running seamlessly. Combine that with open APIs of Cisco IOS XE and programmability of the UADP ASIC technology, Catalyst 9600 Series switches give you what you need now with investment protection on future innovations.

As the industry’s first purpose-built 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet line of modular switches targeted for the enterprise campus, Catalyst 9600 Series switches deliver unmatched table scale (MAC, route, and Access Control List [ACL]) and buffering for enterprise applications. The Cisco Catalyst 9606R chassis is hardware ready to support a wired switching capacity of up to 25.6 Tbps, with up to 6.4 Tbps of bandwidth per slot. Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series switches support granular port densities that fit diverse campus needs, including nonblocking 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP+, QSFP28) and 1, 10, and 25 GE Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP, SFP+, SFP28) The switches also support advanced routing and infrastructure services (such as Multiprotocol Label Switching [MPLS] Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs, Multicast VPN [MVPN], and Network Address Translation [NAT]); Cisco Software-Defined Access capabilities (such as a host tracking database, cross-domain connectivity, and VPN Routing and Forwarding [VRF]-aware Locator/ID Separation Protocol [LISP]); and network system virtualization with Cisco StackWise® virtual technology that are critical for their placement in the campus core. The Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series also supports foundational high-availability capabilities such as patching, Graceful Insertion and Removal (GIR), Cisco Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO), redundant platinum-rated power supplies, and fans.

The Foundation of Software-Defined Access

Advanced persistent security threats. The exponential growth of IoT devices. Mobility everywhere. Cloud adoption. All of these require a network fabric that integrates advanced hardware and software innovations to automate, secure, and simplify customer networks. The goal of this network fabric is to enable customer revenue growth by accelerating the rollout of business services.

The Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) is the network fabric that powers business. It is an open, extensible, software-driven architecture that accelerates and simplifies your enterprise network operations. The programmable architecture frees your IT staff from time-consuming, repetitive network configuration tasks so they can focus instead on innovation that positively transforms your business. SD-Access enables policy-based automation from edge to cloud with foundational capabilities. These include:

     Simplified device deployment

     Unified management of wired and wireless networks

     Network virtualization and segmentation

     Group-based policies

     Context-based analytics

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Line Cards

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-Port 40GE/12-Port 100GE Line Card (C9600-LC-24C)


Figure 1.           

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-Port 40GE/12-Port 100GE Line Card (C9600-LC-24C)

Highlights of the C9600-LC-24C

     Up to 24 ports of 40 GE or 12 ports of 100 GE nonblocking

     40 GE, 100 GE QSFP28 ports

     IPv6 support on the UADP Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC),* providing wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks

     Advanced Encryption Standard 256 (AES-256) support with the powerful MACsec-256 encryption algorithm is available on the UADP ASIC*

*UADP ASIC is part of the Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Supervisor Engine 1.

Table 1.             Bandwidth Per Slot for the 24/12-Port Line Card

Line card

Bandwidth per slot


2.4 Tbps

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 48-Port 25GE/10GE/1GE Line Card (C9600-LC-48YL)


Figure 2.           

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 48-Port 25GE/10GE/1GE Line Card (C9600-LC-48YL)

Highlights of the C9600-LC-48YL

     48 ports nonblocking

     25, 10, and 1 GE* SFP28, SFP+ ports

     IPv6 support on the UADP Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC),* providing wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks

     Advanced Encryption Standard 256 (AES-256) support with the powerful MACsec-256 encryption algorithm is available on the UADP ASIC**

* 1 GE support is not available at First Customer Shipment (FCS).
**UADP ASIC is part of Supervisor Engine 1.

Table 2.             Bandwidth Per Slot on the 48-Port Line Card

Line card

Bandwidth per slot


2.4 Tbps

Features and Benefits

Functional Transparency

The Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches offer a line of modules that support numerous speeds and physical media combinations. These line cards are functionally transparent; all the packet processing, queuing, buffering, and Quality of Service (QoS) occur in the supervisor engine. To that end, the line cards acquire the features and capabilities of the installed supervisor engine. The architecture lets you easily upgrade all Ethernet line cards on your Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series to newer switching functions by adding a new supervisor engine. The simple design of the line cards results in a very high Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), helping ensure high availability for a single connection to an end user.

Modular Versatility

The Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series is a modular architecture that is designed to provide dedicated wire-speed bandwidth to each line-card slot within the chassis. Each line card has a dedicated bandwidth to the supervisor engine for packet processing. All network data that flows into the Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series through the various line cards goes through the supervisor engine for processing, even in single-slot port-to-port communications.

A modular design allows you to use your investment in high-performance line cards across the entire line of Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series chassis and supervisor engines. With the architecture of the Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series, all line cards deployed in a chassis benefit from the enhanced features that the supervisor engine provides, including QoS; Layer 2 3, and 4 routing; and hardware-based IPv6.

Smart Operation

     RFID tags: The Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches have an embedded RFID tag that facilitates easy asset and inventory management using commercial RFID readers.

     Blue beacon: The Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches support a blue beacon LED for easy identification of the switch being accessed.

Specification Summary: Ports for Line Cards

Table 3 summarizes the port specifications for the line cards.

Table 3.             Port information for Line Cards

Line card

Port speed

Number of ports

Minimum and maximum ports per C9606R chassis


25, 10, 1* GE


48 / 192


40 GE


24 / 96

100 GE


12 / 48

10 GE**


24 / 96

* 1 GE support is not available at First Customer Shipment (FCS).
** With CVR adapter.

Table 4 shows line card slot assignment options in the Cisco Catalyst 9606R chassis.

Table 4.             Cisco Catalyst 9606R Chassis: Slot Assignment Options

Line card

Slot options

Line card minimum software


Slots 1, 2 and 5, 6

Cisco IOS® XE 16.11.1


Slots 1, 2 and 5, 6

Cisco IOS XE 16.11.1


Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series line cards provide a variety of optical port types and port speeds. For details about the different optical modules supported by each line card and the minimum Cisco software release required for each of the supported optical modules, visit https://tmgmatrix.cisco.com/.

Product Specifications: Standards, Technologies, Environmental Specifications, and Other Line-Card Features

Table 5 lists additional line-card product specifications.

Table 5.             Product Specifications




Gigabit Ethernet: IEEE 802.3z, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3ab

Physical dimensions

(H x W x D)

1.7 x 15.0 x 13.41 in. (to faceplate) (4.32 x 38.1 x 34.06 cm)

1.7 x 15.0 x 15.7 in. (to ejector) (4.32 x 38.1 x 39.88 cm)


C9600-LC-48YL: 3.55 Kg (7.83 lb)

C9600-LC-24C: 3.48 Kg (7.67 lb)

Operating temperature

-5° to 45° C (23° to 113° F) up to 6000 feet

-5° to 40° C (23° to 104° F) up to 10,000 feet

Storage temperature

-40° to 75° C (40° to 167° F)

Relative humidity, operating and nonoperating, noncondensing

10% to 95%, noncondensing


-60 to 3000 m (-197 to 9843 feet)

Safety conditions

Fiber optic lasers: Class 1 laser products (TBD)

Safety certifications

  UL 60950-1
  CAN/CSA-C222.2 No. 60950-1
  EN 60950-1
  IEC 60950-1
  AS/NZS 60950.1
  IEEE 802.3

Electromagnetic emissions certifications

  47 CFR Part 15
  CISPR22 Class A
  EN 300 386 V1.6.1
  EN 55022 Class A
  EN 55032 Class A
  CISPR 32 Class A
  ICES-003 Class A
  TCVN 7189 Class A
  V-3 Class A
  EN 300 386
  TCVN 7317

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) compliance


MTBF Information

Table 6 gives MTBF information for the line cards.

Table 6.            MTBF Details

Line card

MTBF (hours)





Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage. Table 7 details ordering information.

Table 7.             Ordering Information

Part number
(“=” Indicates “Spare”)

Product name

C9600-LC-48YL (=)

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 48-Port 25GE/10GE/1GE

C9600-LC-24C (=)

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-Port 40GE/12-Port 100GE

Cisco Enhanced Limited Lifetime Hardware Warranty

The Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches come with an Enhanced limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW) that includes Next-Business-Day (NBD) delivery of replacement hardware where available and 90 days of 8x5 Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) support. Your formal warranty statement, including the warranty applicable to Cisco software, appears in the information packet that accompanies your Cisco product. We encourage you to carefully review the warranty statement shipped with your specific product before use. Cisco reserves the right to refund the purchase price as its exclusive warranty remedy. For further information about warranty terms, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/warranty.

Table 8 provides information about the E-LLW.

Table 8.            E-LLW Details



Devices covered

Applies to Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches.

Warranty duration

As long as the original customer owns the product.

End-of-life policy

In the event of discontinuance of product manufacture, Cisco warranty support is limited to 5 years from the announcement of discontinuance.

Hardware replacement

Cisco or its service center will use commercially reasonable efforts to ship a replacement for NBD delivery, where available. Otherwise, a replacement will be shipped within 10 working days after receipt of the Return Materials Authorization (RMA) request. Actual delivery times might vary depending on customer location.

Effective date

Hardware warranty commences from the date of shipment to customer (and in case of resale by a Cisco reseller, not more than 90 days after original shipment by Cisco).

TAC support

Cisco will provide during business hours, 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, basic configuration, diagnosis, and troubleshooting of device-level problems for up to a 90-day period from the date of shipment of the originally purchased Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series product. This support does not include solution or network-level support beyond the specific device under consideration.

Cisco.com access

Warranty allows guest access only to Cisco.com.

Cisco Services

Successfully deploy, manage, and support Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches with a full life cycle of Cisco Services including implementation, optimization, technical, managed and training services. Our team of experts can help you speed deployment, reduce costs and minimize risk as you introduce new hardware, software and protocols into the network. As your trusted advisor, we help you achieve extraordinary business outcomes, minimize risk and disruption so you can anticipate change and pivot quickly, securely, and confidently.

Table 9.            Technical Services

Cisco Technical Services

Cisco Smart Net Total Care® Service

  Around-the-clock, global access to the Cisco TAC
  Unrestricted access to the extensive Cisco.com knowledge base and tools
  NBD, 8x5x4, 24x7x4, and 24x7x2 advance hardware replacement and onsite parts replacement and installation available
  Ongoing operating system software updates within the licensed feature set 1
  Proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on Smart Call Home-enabled devices
Cisco Solution Support Service
  Provides a team of experts who act as primary point of contact to deliver centralized support, including in multivendor network environments
  Speed is paramount when problems arise, so we deliver on a 30-minute service level objective and prioritize Solution Support cases
  Expert guidance helps to enhance IT operations with fewer outages and faster problem resolution while maximizing performance and reliability of Catalyst 9600 Series switches
  We even look beyond identified problems and provide the necessary guidance needed to help you avoid any pitfalls before they can disrupt IT or your business
1 Cisco operating system updates include the following: maintenance releases, minor updates, and major updates within the licensed feature set.

Learn more about available services.

Software Policy for Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Switches

Cisco DNA Software for Access Switching is available for the Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series.

Cisco DNA Software for Access Switching offers comprehensive solutions for the enterprise campus and branch offices. Cisco DNA for Access Switching introduces a simpler and more economical way to deploy access, aggregation, and core switches across enterprise campus and branch locations.

The Cisco DNA Subscription for Switching offer delivers an unbound network on an open and extensible architecture to help you navigate the digital journey. This subscription offer simplifies the buying process and includes lower initiation costs and flexible terms. It includes: Cisco DNA Premier with full Cisco DNA capabilities and SD-Access, bundled with ISE Base, ISE Plus, and StealthWatch.

For ordering information for Cisco DNA Software for the Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series, go to https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/software/one-subscription-switching/nb-06-dna-sw-sub-access-sw-ctp-en.html.

Software Policy for Network Stack Components

Customers with the Network Essential Stack and Network Advantage Stack software feature sets will be provided with maintenance updates and bug fixes. These are designed to maintain compliance of the software with published specifications, release notes, and industry standards as long as the original end user continues to own or use the product or for up to one year from the end-of-sale date for the product, whichever occurs earlier.

Cisco Embedded Support for Cisco DNA Term Components

Cisco Embedded Support delivers the right support for Cisco software products and suites. It will keep your business applications performing as expected and protect your investment. Cisco Embedded Support for the Cisco DNA Essentials and Cisco DNA Advantage term components is included as part of the switch value. Embedded Support provides access to TAC support, major software updates, maintenance and minor software releases, and the Cisco Software Support site, for increased productivity with anytime access.

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