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Cisco Network Processor Modules (Cisco)

To continue to meet the increasing needs for performance while maintaining exceptional value and flexibility, the Cisco® 7200 Series introduces its newest processor-the NPE-G1 (Figure 1). The Cisco 7200 Series Network Processing Engine NPE-G1 (NPE-G1) addresses the demand for performance and flexibility by doubling its processing capacity and enabling unprecedented LAN performance. Benefits of the NPE-G1 include the following.

  • Provides performance of up to 1 million packets per second (PPS) in Cisco Express Forwarding switching (an increase of up to 250 percent over the Cisco 7200 Series NPE-400)
  • Offers three Gigabit Ethernet/Fast Ethernet ports that do not take up bandwidth points
  • Doubles the amount of available DRAM (to 1 GB)
  • Eliminates the requirement for an input/output (I/O) controller
  • Eliminates I/O controller LAN interface bandwidth points
  • Provides modular processors and the ability to upgrade
  • Offers improved price performance

Features and Benefits Overview

Features Benefits
Performance of up to 1 million PPS in Cisco Express Forwarding switching Dramatically increases the performance of the Cisco 7200 Series
3 fixed 10/100/1000-Mbps ports (RJ-45 or gigabit interface converter [GBIC]) directly on the processor Maximizes LAN connectivity and performance without taking up bandwidth points or midplane capacity
256 MB (default), 512 MB, and 1 GB of DRAM
are available
Doubles the amount of DRAM available on the Cisco 7200 Series, which offers the following benefits: Supports more routing tables Supports more Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual routing and forwarding instances (VRFs) Supports more sessions for broadband aggregation Enables higher scalability on features such as NetFlow, Network Address Translation (NAT), access control lists (ACLs), and more
Incorporates the functionality (flash memory and auxiliary and console ports) of the I/O controller Reduces costs (Note: an I/O controller can still be used)
Supports a third peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus to the I/O controller slot

Frees the current I/O controller ports from bandwidth limitations, allowing 2 PCI buses to be dedicated to the port adapter slots

Modular Enables maximum investment protection through the ability to upgrade processors
Supports Cisco IOS® Software Supports a wide range of IP network services including quality of service, MPLS, broadband aggregation, security, multiservice, compression, and IPSec Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) encryption

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