Overview of Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Line Cards

This document describes the features of a Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series line card. It also provides information about how to correctly install or replace a line card in the chassis.

Table 1. Supported Line Cards

Product ID

Description

C9600-LC-48YL

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 48-port 25 G1 or 10 G or 1 G2

C9600-LC-24C

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-port 40 G or 12-port 100 G

1 G stands for Gigabit Ethernet.
2 1 G is currently not supported.

Features of Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series Line Cards

The following sections describe the major features available on the line cards that are supported on Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series switches. The document also explains the front view of the line cards and the different LEDs available.

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

The following figure shows the front view of a Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-port 40 G/12-port 100 G (C9600-LC-24C) with major features identified.

Figure 1. Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-Port 40 G/12-Port 100 G (C9600-LC-24C)


Table 2. Front Panel Components

1

Status LED

5

Ejector levers

2

Locate (Blue beacon) LED

6

Port Link LED for the port in the top row

3

100 G QSFP28/40 G QSFP+ ports

7

Port Link LED for the port in the bottom row

4

RFID embedded on the left ejector lever

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Table 3. Features Supported on Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 24-Port 40 G/12-Port 100 G (C9600-LC-24C)

Feature

Description

Ports per module

  • 24 ports of 40 G and 12 ports of 100 G: Provides 24x40 G interfaces by default, which can be converted to 12x100 G ports.

  • Supports a mix of 40 G and 100 G simultaneously.

  • All the 24 ports are configured as 40 G by default. Only the odd-numbered ports can be configured as 100 G, if required.

  • 40 G: Two ports per port group. A port group constitutes the top and bottom consecutive ports in a module.

Cisco QSFP to SFP or SFP+ Adapter (QSA) adapter (CVR-QSFP-SFP10G) support

Provides 10 G connectivity on QSFP ports by converting a 40 G/100 G QSFP port into an SFP/SFP+ port.

The line card supports the following configurations using a QSA adapter in a port group:

  • Configuring odd-numbered (top) and even-numbered (bottom) ports with the QSA adapter.

  • Configuring odd-numbered ports with the QSA adapter and even-numbered ports with 40 G QSFP optics.

Note 

If you configure an odd-numbered port with 40 G QSFP optics and the even-numbered port with the QSA adapter, the QSA adapter in the even-numbered port will not work.

Chassis slot restrictions

C9606R: Slots 1, 2, 5, and 6 only. However, you can install a line card in any of the supported slots.

Hardware restrictions

Configurations with QSFP optics plugged into the top port and the QSA adapter into the bottom port in a port group are not supported.

Bandwidth per slot

2.4 Tbps per slot

Table 4. Port Mapping for C9600-LC-24C

Port Type

Port Numbering on the Line Card

40 G native ports

1–24

100 G native ports

25–48

Figure 2. 40 G Port Numbering on C9600-LC-24C


Figure 3. 100 G Port Numbering on C9600-LC-24C


By default, all the interfaces on a C9600-LC-24C are 40 G enabled. The default 40 G interfaces can be configured to function as 100 G ports using the CLI. However, from each port group, only the odd numbered ports can be configured with 100 G speed; the even numbered ports in a port group are disabled.

Figure 4. 40 G (Default) Configuration on C9600-LC-24C


Figure 5. 100 G Configuration on C9600-LC-24C


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

The following figure shows the front view of a 48-port 25 G/10 G/1 G (C9600-LC-48YL) with the major features identified.

Figure 6. Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 48-Port 25 G/10 G/1 G (C9600-LC-48YL)


Table 5. Front Panel Components

1

Status LED

5

RFID embedded on the left ejector lever

2

Locate (Blue beacon) LED

6

Ejector levers

3

Sharp-edge hazard icon

7

Port Link LED for the port in the top row

4

25 G/10 G/1 G SFP28/SFP+ ports

8

Port Link LED for the port in the bottom row

Table 6. Features Supported on Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series 48-Port 25 G/10 G/1 G (C9600-LC-48YL)

Feature

Description

Ports per module

  • 48 SFP28/SFP+ ports of 25 G, 10 G, and 1 G: Provides 48 25 G, 10 G, or 1 G interfaces by default. These ports can be interchangeably used as 25 G, 10 G, and 1 G ports.

  • All the 48 ports support 25 G, 10 G, or 1 G speeds.

Chassis slot restrictions

C9606R: Slots 1, 2, 5, and 6 only. However, you can install a line card in any of the supported slots.

Bandwidth per slot

2.4 Tbps per slot

Line Card LEDs

Table 7. Line Card LEDs

LED Type

LED Position or Colour

Meaning



Blue Beacon

Blue

Module is receiving beacon signal.



Port Link

Green

Port link is up, but there is no packet activity.

Blinking Green

Port link is up, indicating packet activity.

Amber

Port link is disabled, that is, administratively down.

Off

No signal is detected, the link is down, or the port is not connected.

Preparing for Installation and Removal of a Supervisor Engine

Safety Warnings

Safety warnings appear throughout this publication in procedures that may harm you if you perform them incorrectly. A warning symbol precedes each warning statement. The warnings below are general warnings that are applicable to the entire publication.


Warning

An exposed wire lead from a DC-input power source can conduct harmful levels of electricity. Be sure that no exposed portion of the DC-input power source wire extends from the connector(s) or terminal block(s). Statement 122



Warning

AC connected units must have a permanent ground connection in addition to the power cable ground wire. NEBS-compliant grounding satisfies this requirement. Statement 284



Warning

High leakage current—earth connection essential before connecting to system power supply. Statement 342



Warning

Power Cable and AC Adapter - When installing the product, please use the provided or designated connection cables/power cables/AC adaptors.Using any other cables/adaptors could cause a malfunction or a fire. Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law prohibits the use of UL-certified cables (that have the "UL or CSA" shown on the code) for any other electrical devices than products designated by CISCO. The use of cables that are certified by Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (that have "PSE" shown on the code) is not limited to CISCO-designated products. Statement 371



Warning

To reduce the risk of electric shock, the chassis of this equipment needs to be connected to permanent earth ground during normal use. Statement 0445



Warning

Read the installation instructions before using, installing or connecting the system to the power source. Statement 1004



Warning

Class 1 laser product. Statement 1008



Warning

There is the danger of explosion if the battery is replaced incorrectly. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Statement 1015



Warning

This unit is intended for installation in restricted access areas. A restricted access area can be accessed only through the use of a special tool, lock and key, or other means of security. Statement 1017



Warning

This equipment must be grounded. Never defeat the ground conductor or operate the equipment in the absence of a suitably installed ground conductor. Contact the appropriate electrical inspection authority or an electrician if you are uncertain that suitable grounding is available. Statement 1024



Warning

Class 1 LED product. Statement 1027



Warning

Blank faceplates and cover panels serve three important functions: they prevent exposure to hazardous voltages and currents inside the chassis; they contain electromagnetic interference (EMI) that might disrupt other equipment; and they direct the flow of cooling air through the chassis. Do not operate the system unless all cards, faceplates, front covers, and rear covers are in place. Statement 1029



Warning

Only trained and qualified personnel should be allowed to install, replace, or service this equipment. Statement 1030



Warning

Hazardous voltage or energy is present on the backplane when the system is operating. Use caution when servicing. Statement 1034



Warning

Ultimate disposal of this product should be handled according to all national laws and regulations. Statement 1040



Warning

To prevent the system from overheating, do not operate it in an area that exceeds the maximum recommended ambient temperature of 104°F (40°C). Statement 1047



Warning

Stability hazard. The rack stabilizing mechanism must be in place, or the rack must be bolted to the floor before you slide the unit out for servicing. Failure to stabilize the rack can cause the rack to tip over. Statement 1048



Warning

The chassis should be mounted on a rack that is permanently affixed to the building. Statement 1049



Warning

Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments. Statement 1051



Warning

Class 1M laser radiation when open. Do not view directly with optical instruments. Statement 1053



Warning

Class I (CDRH) and Class 1M (IEC) laser products. Statement 1055



Warning

Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from the end of the unterminated fiber cable or connector. Do not view directly with optical instruments. Viewing the laser output with certain optical instruments (for example, eye loupes, magnifiers, and microscopes) within a distance of 100 mm may pose an eye hazard. Statement 1056



Warning

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

This warning symbol means danger. You are in a situation that could cause bodily injury. Before you work on any equipment, be aware of the hazards involved with electrical circuitry and be familiar with standard practices for preventing accidents. Use the statement number provided at the end of each warning to locate its translation in the translated safety warnings that accompanied this device. Statement 1071

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS



Warning

The covers are an integral part of the safety design of the product. Do not operate the unit without the covers installed. Statement 1077


Preventing ESD Damage

ESD damage might occur when modules or other FRUs are improperly handled, resulting in intermittent or complete failure of the modules or FRUs. Modules consist of printed circuit boards that are fixed in metal carriers. EMI shielding and connectors are integral components of a carrier. Although the metal carrier helps to protect the board from ESD, always use an ESD-grounding strap when handling modules. To prevent ESD damage, follow these guidelines:

  • Always use an ESD wrist or ankle strap and ensure that it makes good skin contact.

  • Connect the equipment end of the strap to an unfinished chassis surface.

  • When installing a component, use an available ejector lever to properly seat the bus connectors in the backplane or midplane. These devices prevent accidental removal, provide proper grounding for the system, and help to ensure that bus connectors are properly seated.

  • When removing a component, use an available ejector lever to release the bus connectors from the backplane or midplane.

  • Handle carriers by available handles or edges only; avoid touching the printed circuit boards or connectors.

  • Place a removed component board-side-up on an antistatic surface or in a static-shielding container. If you plan to return the component to the factory, immediately place it in a static-shielding container.

  • Avoid contact between the printed circuit boards and clothing. The wrist strap only protects components from ESD voltages on the body; ESD voltages on clothing can still cause damage.

  • Never attempt to remove the printed circuit board from the metal carrier.

Tools Required for the Installation or Removal of Supervisor Engines

You will need these tools to install or remove supervisor engines and line cards:

  • Your own ESD-prevention equipment or the disposable grounding wrist strap included with all upgrade kits, FRUs, and spares.

  • Antistatic mat or antistatic bag

Installing and Removing Line Cards

Installing a Line Card


Warning

Hazardous voltage or energy is present on the backplane when the system is operating. Use caution when servicing. Statement 1034

Caution

To prevent ESD damage, handle the line cards by the carrier edges only.

Before you begin

  • Take the necessary precautions to prevent ESD damage. Wear a grounded ESD wrist strap while handling the line cards.

  • Ensure that you have enough clearance to accommodate any interface equipment that you will connect directly to the ports.

Procedure


Step 1

Remove the slot blank cover (C9606-SLOT-BLANK=) if it is present, by squeezing the release handles towards each other (with your thumb and index fingers) and sliding the cover out of the bay. Save it for future use.

Step 2

Remove the new line card from the shipping packaging, being careful to handle the module using only the module’s metal tray or the front panel. Do not touch the printed circuit board or the connector pins.

Step 3

Pivot the left and the right ejector levers away from the front of the module and hold them while sliding the line card into the slot.

Step 4

Hold the line card's front panel with one hand and place your other hand under the carrier to support the line card.

Step 5

Position and carefully slide the line card into the slot. Make sure that you align the sides of the printed circuit boards with the slot guides on each side of the chassis slot.

Figure 7. Positioning and Sliding the Line Card into the Slot


Step 6

Pivot both the ejector levers inward simultaneously.

Figure 8. Pivoting the Ejector Levers Inward


1

Ejector levers

Step 7

Install necessary transceivers, if any, into the module ports.

For installation instructions along with safety warnings for the various types of transceivers, see https://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/prod_installation_guides_list.html

Step 8

Attach the necessary network interface cables or other devices to the interface ports.

Step 9

Check the status of the line card:

  1. Ensure that the status LED is green.

  2. When the switch is online, enter the show module command. Verify that the system acknowledges the new line card and that the line card status is OK.

  3. If the line card is not operational, reseat it. If it is still not operational, contact your Cisco customer service representative.


Removing a Line Card


Warning

Hazardous voltage or energy is present on the backplane when the system is operating. Use caution when servicing. Statement 1034



Warning

Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments. Statement 1051



Caution

To prevent ESD damage, handle line cards by the carrier edges only.


Before you begin

  • You will need a slot blank cover (C9606-SLOT-BLANK) if the slot is to remain empty.

  • Take the necessary precautions to prevent ESD damage. Wear a grounded ESD wrist strap while handling the modules.

Procedure


Step 1

Disconnect network interface cables, if any, that are attached to the line card ports.

Step 2

If the line card is equipped with removable optical transceivers, immediately install dust plugs into the transceiver’s optical bores. This prevents possible dust contamination, which can affect port performance.

Step 3

Grasp the left and right ejector levers and slightly push the two ejector levers in and towards the faceplate.

Figure 9. Pushing the Ejector Levers Inward


Warning 

Make sure that you push the ejector levers slightly inward before you rotate the levers outward. Failing to do so will deform the injector catch pins on the levers.

Step 4

Press the ejector buttons on the ejector levers of the line card to release the levers from the line card.

Step 5

Grasp the left and right ejector levers and simultaneously rotate the levers outward to disengage the line card from the backplane connector.

Figure 10. Pivoting the Ejector Levers


1

Button on the ejector lever

2

Ejector levers

Step 6

Grasp the front panel of the line card with one hand and place your other hand under the carrier to support and guide it out of the slot. Do not touch the printed circuit boards or connector pins.

Step 7

Carefully slide the line card straight out of the slot, keeping your other hand under the carrier to guide it.

Figure 11. Removing a Line Card from the Slot


Step 8

Place the line card on an antistatic mat or in an antistatic bag.

Step 9

Install a replacement line card after a 15-second wait. Alternatively, if the chassis slot is to remain empty, install a blank slot cover (C9606-SLOT-BLANK).

Remove slot blanks only when installing a line card. If a line card is removed, ensure that you replace it with a slot blank immediately. Also, keep the line card in ESD-protective bags when they are not installed in a chassis.

Caution 

Blank faceplates and cover panels serve three important functions: they prevent exposure to hazardous voltages and currents inside the chassis; they contain electromagnetic interference (EMI) that might disrupt other equipment; and they direct the flow of cooling air through the chassis. Do not operate the system unless all cards, faceplates, front covers, and rear covers are in place. Statement 1029