The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series offers a broad range of line cards that include fiber and copper interfaces optimized for enterprise, commercial, and service provider Ethernet networks.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series offers two classes of line cards: E-Series and classic. E-Series line cards provide 24 or 48 Gb of switching capacity per slot. Classic line cards provide 6 Gb of switching capacity per slot. 24 or 48 Gb per-slot switching capacity requires the Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series chassis and the Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Supervisor.
Classic line cards may be deployed in both classic and E-Series chassis with either classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engines or with the Catalyst 4500 E-Series Supervisor.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series GE Fiber line cards offer the ability to scale in 12 and 24 port increments and a density of 200 GE ports/ system. 10G Fiber line cards offer flexibility for GE and 10G, ability to scale in 6 and 12 port increments and a density of 100 10G ports/ system.
Power over Ethernet Line Cards
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series offers several line cards that interoperate with both IEEE 802.3af (PoE) and IEEE 802.3at (PoEP) compliant devices. Both classic and E-Series line cards offer PoE+ options supporting up to 30W of inline power per port.