News Release

Cisco Supercharges the Performance of the Cisco 7200 Series Router, One of the Industry's Most Widely Deployed Mid- Range Routers

Delivers NPE-G1 processor that accelerates service delivery and application flexibility while protecting existing investments
Sep 16, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 16, 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc., today announced it has more than doubled the processing power of its Cisco 7200 Series routers, bringing million-packets-per-second (mpps) processing to one of the industry's most widely deployed mid-range routers via the new Cisco 7200 Series Network Processing Engine (NPE-G1). The NPE-G1 can also be installed in the field as an incremental upgrade to any Cisco 7200 VXR chassis. This leap in processing power will help enable both enterprises and service providers to continue to deploy the Cisco 7200 Series for a wide range of applications and services while lowering the total cost of ownership and preserving customers' investment in existing Cisco equipment.

"With the planned deployment of the new NPE-G1 processing engine within our existing IP/MPLS network, Cisco continues to work to ensure that our network is capable of meeting the growing demand for high-performance service delivery," said Christian Hammerl, head of product and technology development at Telekom Austria. "This innovation for our installed Cisco 7200 base will contribute to our cost-effective network migration and is the basis to deliver high-touch services such as MPLS VPNs with QoS and managed security to our customers."

The introduction of the NPE-G1 engine enables significantly higher performance implementations for security services, bandwidth and traffic management (QoS), converged voice, video and data, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and IPv6. In addition, the NPE-G1 offers three built-in 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet ports for high-speed LAN connectivity; further increasing the value and flexibility of the Cisco 7200 Series routers.

"In today's economy, both enterprise and service provider customers are looking for ways to incrementally invest to improve the network's effectiveness and expand its capabilities," said Lele Nardin, vice president and general manager, Mid-Range Routing at Cisco Systems. "The NPE-G1 for the Cisco 7200 Series is a simple, immediate and cost-effective way to add significant new capabilities and performance, as well as protect investments. Service providers gain additional profit potential from new services, and enterprise customers get the flexibility to deploy more sophisticated applications. The Cisco 7200 Series, with an installed base of 250,000 units deployed worldwide, continues to set the pace in the mid-range router segment with industry-leading price and performance, features and interface breadth."

Further building upon its mid-range router leadership, Cisco also announced new software support for hardware-accelerated features on its Cisco 7300 Series routers such as MPLS, MPLS VPNs, and Network Address Translation (NAT), making this the platform of choice for high-end customer premise equipment (CPE) and service provider remote point-of-presence (POP) applications. The Cisco 7300 Series is ideal for applications demanding mid-range routing performance with multi-gigabit optical connectivity.

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Pricing and Availability

The Cisco 7200 Series Network Processing Engine (NPE-G1) is currently available and list priced at $15,000.

The new software features for the Cisco 7300 Series Internet Router are currently available.