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Cisco soups up edge router

May 05, 20031 min
Cisco SystemsNetworking

* Cisco upgrades processor for edge router

Cisco last week unveiled a processor for its 7304 edge routers which processes more than 1-million packet/sec.

The NPE-G100 Network Processing Engine supports 1G byte of synchronous dynamic random access memory and 256M byte of Flash memory. It sports three onboard Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The processor is designed to support Cisco IOS software features such as IPv6, multicast, Any Transport over Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Virtual Routing and Forwarding-Select – which enables network operators to provide the appearance of multiple network topologies on a single interface – and network-based application recognition services.

Cisco’s 7304 router is a four-slot, four-rack-unit device designed for “high-touch” IP and MPLS applications – aggregation, gateway, or managed service CPE. The router supports interfaces ranging from DS-0 to OC-48/STM-16. 

The 7304 router with the NPE-G100 Network Processing Engine will be available in May priced at $22,000.

Cisco also offers the NSE-100 processor for the 7304. This processor features 450,000-packet/sec performance, or 3.5 million packet/sec with Cisco’s Parallel Express Forwarding hardware acceleration.

The NSE-100 also sports two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and supports 512M byte of SDRAM and up to 128M byte of Flash memory.

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Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 28 years, 23 at Network World. He covers enterprise networking infrastructure, including routers and switches. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy and at

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