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Product Line: Cisco ASR 9000 Series
Product Type: Ethernet Line Card
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Product Description

The A9K-40GE-L is equipped with 40 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, requiring SFPs and supports a low queue type, making it compatible with Cisco ASR 9904, ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9912, and ASR 9922 Routers. It operates within a power range of 310 W to 565 W, with a 4GB DRAM memory, and adheres to various safety and EMC standards, including UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1 and FCC Class A. With dimensions of 14.5 x 1.63 x 22.02 inches and a weight range of 14lbs to 19lbs, it is designed for optimal performance in environments with operating temperatures between 5 °C to 40 °C and relative humidity from 10% to 85%.

FAQs for the A9K-40GE-L

  • What port type does this networking hardware support?
    It supports 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
  • Can the part be used with Cisco ASR 9904 routers?
    Yes, it is compatible with Cisco ASR 9904, ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9912, and ASR 9922 Routers.
  • How many ports are available on this device?
    There are 40 ports available.
  • Is an SFP required for operation?
    Yes, SFPs are required for the device to function.
  • What are the dimensions of this hardware?
    The dimensions are 14.5 x 1.63 x 22.02 inches (H x W x D).
  • What is the power consumption range of this device?
    It consumes between 310 W to 565 W of power.
  • What is the operating temperature range?
    The operating temperature ranges from 5 °C to 40 °C.
  • Does this product meet any safety standards?
    Yes, it meets UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1, IEC/EN 60825 Laser Safety, ACA TS001, AS/NZS 60950 safety standards.
  • What memory capacity does this networking hardware have?
    It is equipped with 4GB of DRAM memory.
  • What are the EMC standards complied with by this product?
    It complies with FCC Class A, ICES 003 Class A, AS/NZS 3548 Class A, CISPR 22 (EN55022) Class A, VCCI Class A, BSMI Class A, and more EMC standards.

Product Review

The Cisco A9K-40GE-L module offers 40 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, ensuring compatibility with a broad range of Cisco ASR series routers (9904, 9006, 9010, 9912, and 9922), which is beneficial for network engineers seeking to expand their network's capacity without extensive hardware changes. However, the requirement for separate SFPs for each port can lead to additional operational costs and complexity in deployment. Additionally, the module's power consumption ranges from 310 W to 565 W, which may impact energy efficiency in large-scale deployments, despite its compliance with a broad spectrum of safety, immunity, and EMC standards, ensuring reliable operation across various environmental conditions.


The Cisco A9K-40GE-L is a line card designed to meet the needs of high-density, gigabit Ethernet networking, suitable for a range of Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers. This product is engineered to deliver high-performance networking solutions, providing 40 ports of 1 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Each port requires SFPs (Small Form-factor Pluggable transceivers) for operation, allowing for flexibility in connection types and distances. With dimensions of 14.5 inches in height, 1.63 inches in width, and 22.02 inches in depth, and a weight ranging from 14 to 19 pounds, the A9K-40GE-L is designed for easy integration into existing network infrastructures. It supports a power consumption range of 310 W to 565 W, ensuring efficient operation within a wide array of deployment scenarios. This line card operates optimally within a temperature range of 5 °C to 40 °C, and can function in environments with relative humidity levels between 10% and 85%. For storage, it can withstand temperatures from -40 °C to 75 °C and humidity levels from 5% to 95%, ensuring durability and long-term reliability under various conditions. Additionally, it is capable of operating at altitudes from -60 meters up to 4000 meters, offering versatility for deployment in diverse geographical locations. The A9K-40GE-L is equipped with 4GB of DRAM, facilitating smooth and efficient processing of network traffic. Its design adheres to multiple safety and immunity standards, including UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1 for safety, IEC/EN 60825 for laser safety, and various IEC/EN-61000-4 series standards for immunity against electrical and electromagnetic phenomena. For network equipment building, it meets SR-3580, GR-1089-CORE, and GR-63-CORE standards for NEBS levels, ensuring robust protection and compliance with essential regulatory requirements. Additionally, it adheres to EMC standards such as FCC Class A and CISPR 22 Class A, among others, providing assurance of minimal electromagnetic interference during operation. Compatibility with Cisco ASR 9904, ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9912, and ASR 9922 routers allows this line card to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of network architectures, making it a versatile option for expanding network capacity or upgrading existing infrastructure. Key features include: - 40 ports of 1 Gigabit Ethernet for high-density networking - Requires SFPs for flexible connectivity options - Designed for compatibility with Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers The Cisco A9K-40GE-L is a comprehensive solution for enterprises and service providers looking to enhance their network performance and reliability. Its combination of high port density, flexibility in optical interfaces, and adherence to rigorous safety and operational standards make it an essential component of modern networking environments.


Item NumberCisco A9K-40GE-L
Produced byCisco
Total Ports40
Connection Type1 Gigabit Ethernet
Priority TypeLow
Router CompatibilityCisco ASR 9904, ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9912, ASR 9922
Optical Transceivers NeededYes
Dimensions (H x W x D)14.5 x 1.63 x 22.02 Inches
Mass14lbs to 19lbs
Energy Consumption310 W to 565 W
Operational Temp Min5 °C
Operational Temp Max40 °C
Operational Humidity Min10%
Operational Humidity Max85%
Storage Temp Min-40 °C
Storage Temp Max75 °C
Storage Humidity Min5%
Storage Humidity Max95%
Altitude Min during Operation-60m
Altitude Max during Operation4000m
Compliance StandardsUL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1, IEC/EN 60825 Laser Safety, ACA TS001, AS/NZS 60950
Immunity NormsIEC/EN-61000-4 series, EN 50121-4: Railway EMC
Building Specifications for Network EquipmentSR-3580: NEBS Level 3, GR-1089-CORE, GR-63-CORE, VZ.TPR.9205
EMC ProtocolsFCC Class A, ICES 003 Class A, AS/NZS 3548 Class A, CISPR 22 Class A, VCCI Class A, BSMI Class A, EN 50121-4, IEC/EN 61000-3 series

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