Cisco NCS 560 Route Switch Processor Data Sheet

Data Sheet
Cisco NCS 560 Route Switch Processor
Control plane, forwarding plane, and management plane elements, Centralized
network timing, full device programmability, and services orchestration. The Cisco®
NCS 560 Route Switch Processor (RSP) is the powerful centralized engine that is
designed to accommodate new programmable deployment models and convergence
of advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 services. The NCS 560 RSP (Figure 1) addresses
the evolving requirements for converged service provider networks, delivering a
variety of advanced technologies for mobile xHaul, Radio Access Network (RAN)
aggregation, carrier Ethernet, and Data Center Interconnect (DCI), such as MPLS,
segment routing, segment routing traffic engineering, and advanced Ethernet VPN
technologies. The NCS 560 RSP helps service providers add innovative traffic
management, packet switching, intelligent routing, and service creation features.
Product overview
The NCS 560 RSP modules contain separate control plane, forwarding (data) plane, and management plane
components. These include the main control plane CPU for the Cisco IOS® XR Software operating system and
platform control software. The forwarding (data) plane packet processing and traffic management are performed by
the carrier Ethernet Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) embedded in the RSP.
Figure 1.
Fully distributed and unique packet capabilities for converged access and aggregation
The Cisco NCS 560 RSP is compatible with the following Ethernet interface modules:
Cisco NCS 560 2-port 100GE QSFP28 module: This module supports two 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports and
with future software releases two 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Cisco ASR 900 Series 8-port 10GE SFP+ module: This module supports eight SFP+ ports.
Cisco ASR 900 Series 16-port 1GE CSFP/8-port GE SFP and 1-port 10GE SFP+/1-port GE SFP/2-port GE
CSFP module: This module supports up to 18 Gigabit Ethernet CSFP ports or up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet
CSFP ports and one 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port.
The Cisco NCS 560 RSP also supports a field-replaceable Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) module that
allows direct interface to external antennas. The GNSS module supports several satellite systems, such as the
Global Positioning System (GPS), GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDU, QZSS, and SBAS.
The Cisco NCS 560 RSP is available in two different memory (TCAM) configurations to support large-scale and
extra-large-scale capabilities. The software is identical between the two RSPs.
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The Cisco NCS 560 interface module support is not dependent on the type of RSP used. The NCS 560 Interface
Modules datasheet contains the slot compatibility matrix for the NCS 560 RSP.
Features and benefits
Table 1 describes features and benefits.
Table 1.
Features and benefits
Carrier Ethernet
Delivers essential carrier Ethernet technologies such as Hierarchical Quality of Service (H-QoS), IPv4, IPv6,
MPLS, segment routing, Segment Routing Traffic Engineering (SR-TE), On-Demand Next hop (ODN),
Topology-Independent Loop-Free Alternate (TI-LFA), Layer 2 VPN (VPLS/H-VPLS), Ethernet VPN (EVPNVPWS), and Layer 3 VPN services. It provides line-rate performance and incorporates innovative traffic
management capabilities while providing intelligent packet switching and routing operations. Device
programmability and services orchestration capabilities for carrier Ethernet are embedded as part of the
evolved programmable network solution architecture.
Service enhancement
Provides advanced per-traffic-class metering and offers bidirectional packet-count and byte-count statistics.
The service offering is enhanced with Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) functionality that
includes Layer 2 Connectivity Fault Management (CFM), IP Service-Level Agreements (IP SLA) for Layer 3,
Service scale
Provides flexible and high-service scalability in a small footprint, delivering high performance and scale for
point-to-point and multipoint services, accommodating the requirements from the most demanding wireline
and wireless applications.
Clocking and timing services
Offers integrated support for the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Building-Integrated Timing
Supply (BITS), 10 MHz, 1 Pulse Per Second (1 PPS), and Time Of Day (TOD) interfaces, crucial functions
required in a modern unified network. As the central system clocking and timing functions for the NCS 560
Router, the Cisco NCS 560 RSPs support Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time
Protocol (PTP). The NCS 560 Router can act as an IEEE 1588-2008 ordinary clock, boundary clock, end-toend transparent clock, and master clock function in an IEEE 1588-2008 timing domain.
High availability and modularity
Delivers optional intra-chassis hardware redundancy for all hardware components and supports software
redundancy with In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) support when a pair of route switch processors is
inserted in the Cisco NCS 560 system chassis fully modular platform.
With two RSPs inserted in the Cisco NCS 560 Router, one RSP operates in active mode, and the other RSP
operates in hot standby mode. The Cisco NCS 560 RSP is a Field-Replaceable Unit (FRU), and it can be
Online Inserted and Removed (OIR) while the Cisco NCS 560 system is operating. The removal or failure of
the active RSP in the Cisco NCS 560 system results in the automatic switchover to the standby RSP.
Management interfaces
Contains the Out-Of-Band (OOB) management interfaces for the system. To offer flexible access to the
router, a variety of interfaces are available for management access to the platform, including a dual-mode
console port that functions as either a USB console or a serial console port.
In addition to the serial console access, the Cisco NCS 560 RSP contains an Ethernet management port that
has no interaction with actual carrier Ethernet ASIC traffic. In addition to the OOB control interfaces, a USB
port can connect USB flash devices for loading Cisco IOS Software images and configurations on the
Industry-leading, carrier-class Cisco IOS XR Software
The Cisco NCS 560 Router delivers extra-large scale, service flexibility, and high availability into access and
preaggregation networks. It is powered by Cisco IOS XR Software, an innovative self-healing, distributed operating
system designed for always-on operation. Cisco IOS XR Software supports a Software-Maintenance-Update
(SMU) capability, which allows bug fixing or even small feature releasing without interrupting existing services.
The Cisco IOS XR Software provides scale and serviceability for service providers by:
Supporting the complete set of Cisco IOS XR Software features for a consistent experience
Scaling advanced service delivery without affecting system performance
Integrating applications in the network, improving security, reliability, and simplicity
Facilitating programmability for service orchestration
The initial software support for the Cisco NCS 560 Router is with Cisco IOS XR 6.5.1 Software.
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Product specifications
Tables 2 through 5 list the product specifications and compliance information for the Cisco NCS 560 Router RSP
modules. Individual modules are identified by product number.
Table 2.
Cisco NCS 560 RSP product specifications
Product ID
Cisco N560-RSP4-E
Cisco N560-RSP4
Typical power consumption
Maximum power consumption
32 GB
32 GB
Flash memory
64 GB
64 GB
Service scale
Ethernet interface module
Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)
Configurable MTU of up to 9216 bytes, for bridging on Gigabit Ethernet, 10, 40, and 100
Gigabit Ethernet
Maximum interface throughput
800 Gbps
800 Gbps
IP version 4 performance
720 Mpps
720 Mpps
IP version 6 performance
720 Mpps
720 Mpps
Management ports
Copper 10/100/1000Base-T LAN management port - RJ45 connector port
Console/Aux RS232 serial ports - RJ45 connector port
Console - USB 2.0 type A receptacle connector port
Timing ports
BITS simultaneous input and output (J1/T1/E1) - RJ48 connector port
1 pps input - mini-coax connector port
1 pps output - mini-coax connector port
2.048/10 MHz input - mini-coax connector port
2.048/10 MHz output - mini-coax connector port
External USB flash memory
Mass storage - USB 2.0 type A receptacle connector port
Shipment package size (LxWxH)
14.38 in. x 14.38 in. x 6.25 in.
14.38 in. x 14.38 in. x 6.25 in.
Shipment package weight
6.2 lb.
6.1 lb.
MTBF at 104ºF (40ºC) operating
400,000 hr.
400,000 hr.
Table 3.
Maximum single-dimensional service scale
Product ID
Cisco N560-RSP4-E
Cisco N560-RSP4
MAC addresses
Bridge domains
Ethernet flow points
L3 interfaces
IPv4 routes
IPv6 routes
IPv4 multicast routes
IPv6 multicast routes
MPLS labels
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Product ID
Cisco N560-RSP4-E
Cisco N560-RSP4
EoMPLS pseudowires
VPLS instances
Ingress policers
Class maps
IPv4 ACL entries
IPv6 ACL entries
BFD sessions
IEEE 802.1ag (CFM) at 3.3ms interval
Not all services can be scaled at maximum scale concurrently (multidimensional service scale). The numbers above are
unidirectional scale numbers.
The scale numbers are hardware capabilities. The actual scale may be limited in a specific software release and only become
available in a future software release.
Maximum 500 access control entries per ACL.
Table 4.
Environmental specifications
Cisco NCS 560 Router
Operating environment and altitude
–40 to 65ºC operating temperature (DC operation, with the 900W or 1200W power supplies)
–40 to 65ºC operating temperature (AC operation, with the 900W or 1200W power supplies)
–60 to 1800m operating altitude (for full operating temperature range)
Up to 4000m operating altitude (at up to 40ºC temperature)
Outside plant
For an outside plant installation, it is required that the system 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, it is recommended that the unit be
installed in a fully sealed enclosure. Examples of such cabinets include IP65 cabinets with heat
exchanger complying with Telecordia GR487.
Relative humidity
Acoustic noise
5 to 95%, noncondensing
Acoustic noise peak operation complies with Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS) GR-63Core Issue 4 sound power level of 78 dB at 27ºC operation as measured by the ANSI S12.10/ISO 7779
NAIS noise measurement test standard.
Storage environment
Temperature: –40 to 70ºC altitude: 15,000 ft. (4570m)
Zone 4
Hazardous substances
Reduction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) 6
Minimum temperature range of chassis, fan tray, RSP engine, power supply, optics, and interface modules will dictate the
supported operating temperature range. Maximum cooling fan tray module is assumed.
Not more than the following in a one-year period: 96 consecutive hours, or 360 hours total, or 15 occurrences.
The above are for normal (nonfailure) operation. When operating with a fan failure, the above may be exceeded.
Table 5.
Safety and compliance
● FCC CFR47 Part 15 Class A
Emissions compliance
● EN55022, class A
● CISPR22, class A
● ICES-003, class A
UL 60950-1, 2nd edition
CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07, 2nd edition
IEC 60950-1, 2nd edition
EN 60950-1, 2nd edition
AS/NZS 60950.1:2003
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EN 300 386, class A
VCCI, class A
KN22, class A
EN61000-3-2 to EN61000-3-3
Immunity compliance
EN 300 386
EN 61000-6-1
EN 50082-1
EN 55024
KN 24
EN 50121-4
EN/KN 61000-4-2 to EN/KN 61000-4-6
EN/KN 61000-4-8
EN/KN 61000-4-11
● GR-63-CORE Issue 4
● GR-1089-CORE Issue 6
● SR-3580 NEBS Level 3
● 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
Network synchronization
ANSI T1.101
ITU-T G.813
ITU-T G.823
ITU-T G.824
ITU-T G.703 clause 5
ITU-T G.703 clause 9
ITU-T G.8261/Y.1361
ITU-T G.781
ITU-T G.8262
ITU-T G.8264
ITU-T G.8265.1
ITU-T G.8275.1
ITU-T G.8275.2
Ordering information
Table 6 describes the Cisco IOS XR Software universal consolidated packages supported on the system, which
include all Cisco IOS XR Software functionalities and features enabled. Table 7 lists the hardware parts available
for Cisco NCS 560 RSP modules.
Table 6.
Cisco IOS XR Software packages for Cisco NCS 560 RSP modules
Cisco IOS XE consolidated package
Part number
Cisco NCS 560 Router RSP Cisco IOS XR Release 6.5.1
– no payload encryption
● Provides a consolidated software package for N560RSP4-E/N560-RSP4
● Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support but not data plane
encryption support.
Cisco NCS 560 Router RSP Cisco IOS XR Release 6.5.1
– payload encryption
● Provides a consolidated software package for N560RSP4-E/N560-RSP4
● Includes SSH and SNMPv3 support and data plane
encryption support.
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Table 7.
Hardware components for Cisco NCS 560 RSP modules
Part number
Cisco NCS 560 RSP4 enhanced – 800G, XL scale (/w ext. TCAM)
Cisco NCS 560 RSP4 enhanced – 800G, XL scale (/w ext. TCAM), spare
Cisco NCS 560 RSP4 – 800G, L scale
Cisco NCS 560 RSP4 – 800G, L scale, spare
ASR 900 Global Navigation Satellite System module
ASR 900 Global Navigation Satellite System module, spare
ASR 900 Route Switch Processor blank cover, spare
ASR 900 RSP wire wrap adapter for RJ48 connector – vertical (NCS 4206)
ASR 900 RSP wire wrap adapter for RJ48 connector – horizontal (NCS 4216)
Warranty information
Warranty information is available on at the Product Warranties page.
Service and support
Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to help accelerate customer success. These innovative services
programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, promoting high
levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Services help you protect your network investment, optimize network
operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your
business. For more information about Cisco Services, refer to Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco
Advanced Services.
Cisco is committed to reducing your total cost of ownership. Cisco offers a portfolio of technical support services to
help ensure that Cisco products operate efficiently, remain highly available, and benefit from the most up-to-date
system software. The services and support programs described in Table 8 are available as part of the Cisco
Carrier Ethernet Switching Service and Support solution and are available directly from Cisco and through
Table 8.
Service and support
Advanced services
Cisco Total Implementation Solutions (TIS),
available directly from Cisco
● Project management
● Site survey, configuration, and deployment
● Supplement existing staff
● Help ensure functions meet needs
Cisco Packaged TIS, available through
● Installation, text, and cutover
● Training
● Mitigate risk
● Major moves, adds, and changes
● Design review and product staging
Cisco SP Base Support and Service
Provider–Based Onsite Support, available
directly from Cisco
Cisco Packaged Service Provider–Based
Support, available through resellers
● 24-hour access to software updates
● Web access to technical repositories
● Telephone support through the Cisco
Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
● Advance replacement of hardware parts
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● Facilitate proactive or expedited problem
● Lower total cost of ownership by taking
advantage of Cisco expertise and
● Reduce network downtime
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