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Product Description

The NC55-36X100G-BA is equipped with 36 100 GbE QSFP/QSFP+ ports and powered by 6 forwarding ASICs, optimizing high-speed data processing and connectivity. It supports a comprehensive range of routes and entries, including 64K IPv6 routes, 786K IPv4 host routes, and 786K MAC address entries, ensuring extensive network scalability and efficiency. Designed for reliability, it operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C, supports Cisco IOS XR Software 6.0 Release or beyond, and features a power-efficient design with a typical consumption of 650 W and a maximum of 902 W.

FAQs for the NC55-36X100G-BA

  • What is the number of ports available on this device?
    The device has 36 ports.
  • Can you specify the port type used by this networking hardware?
    The port type is 100 GbE QSFP/QSFP+.
  • How many ASICs are there for forwarding?
    There are 6 ASICs for forwarding.
  • What is the maximum number of IPv6 routes supported?
    The maximum number of supported IPv6 routes is 64K.
  • How many IPv4 host routes can this device handle?
    It can handle up to 786K IPv4 host routes.
  • What is the total number of MAC address entries possible?
    The device supports up to 786K MAC address entries.
  • What is the typical power consumption of this networking hardware?
    The typical power consumption is 650 W.
  • What are the minimum and maximum operating temperatures?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C.
  • Does this device support Cisco IOS XR Software?
    Yes, it supports Cisco IOS XR Software version 6.0 Release or beyond.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of this networking hardware?
    The dimensions are 1.68 in. (Height) x 16.89 in. (Width) x 17.05 in. (Depth) and it weighs 11.48 lbs.

Product Review

The Cisco NC55-36X100G-BA offers a comprehensive solution for high-density networking with its 36 100GbE QSFP/QSFP+ ports, supported by six ASICs for efficient forwarding. However, its power consumption, peaking at 902W, may pose challenges for energy-conscious deployments. Its compatibility with Cisco IOS XR Software 6.0 and beyond ensures a versatile platform for modern networking requirements, though the operational temperature range could limit deployment in extreme environments.


The Cisco NC55-36X100G-BA is a high-capacity, 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) router interface designed for demanding network environments. This product features 36 ports of 100 GbE QSFP/QSFP+, enabling substantial throughput and connectivity for high-speed data centers and enterprise networks. Its hardware specifications underscore its capability to support large-scale operations and advanced networking requirements. At the heart of the Cisco NC55-36X100G-BA are 6 forwarding ASICs, which facilitate efficient data processing and forwarding, ensuring low latency and high performance across the network. This device can manage a significant number of routing and forwarding entries, including 64K IPv6 routes, 786K IPv4 host routes, and the same capacity for MAC address entries and labels, demonstrating its ability to handle extensive network topologies and diverse traffic types. Power efficiency is a critical aspect of the NC55-36X100G-BA, with a typical power consumption of 650 W and a maximum of 902 W. This balance between performance and power usage makes it an ideal choice for organizations looking to optimize their energy expenditures while maintaining high levels of network performance. Physically, the router interface module has a compact form factor with dimensions of 1.68 inches in height, 16.89 inches in width, and 17.05 inches in depth, weighing 11.48 lbs. This size allows for efficient use of rack space in data centers, supporting dense configurations without compromising on airflow or cooling. The Cisco NC55-36X100G-BA is designed to operate within a broad range of environmental conditions. It can function at temperatures from 0 °C to 40 °C and can be stored in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 70 °C. Humidity tolerance is also wide, with operational noncondensing humidity of 5% to 95%, ensuring reliability in various climates and conditions. The device's operational altitude extends up to 10,000 feet, allowing for deployment in a wide variety of geographical locations. Power input flexibility is another feature of this device, with support for AC input voltages from 90 to 265 VAC and DC input voltages from -40 to -72 VDC, accommodating diverse data center power infrastructures. Additionally, the front-to-back airflow design aids in maintaining optimal operating temperatures, thereby safeguarding against thermal throttling and potential performance degradation. The NC55-36X100G-BA supports Cisco IOS XR Software 6.0 Release or beyond, providing a robust, feature-rich operating system that enhances the device's capabilities with advanced routing, security, and management features. Key hardware specifications include: -
  • 36 ports of 100 GbE QSFP/QSFP+ for high-density connectivity
  • 6 forwarding ASICs for efficient data processing
  • Support for a vast number of routing and MAC address entries, ensuring scalability
Overall, the Cisco NC55-36X100G-BA stands out as a high-performance, scalable, and energy-efficient router interface module, suitable for modern, high-speed networks demanding reliability, flexibility, and advanced features to support complex operations and services.


Component ID Cisco NC55-36X100G-BA
Total Ports 36
Port Specification 100 GbE QSFP/QSFP+
ASIC Count 6 (Packet Processing)
IPv6 Routing Capacity 64K
IPv4 Host Routing Capacity 786K
MAC Address Capacitance 786K
Label Storage 786K
Standard Power Use 650 W
Peak Power Use 902 W
Unit Height 1.68 in.
Unit Width 16.89 in.
Unit Depth 17.05 in.
Device Weight 11.48 lbs
Compatible Software Cisco IOS XR Software Version 6.0+
Lowest Operating Temp 0 °C
Highest Operating Temp 40 °C
Lowest Storage Temp -40 °C
Highest Storage Temp 70 °C
Operational Humidity Floor 5% (Noncondensing)
Operational Humidity Ceiling 95% (Noncondensing)
Storage Humidity Floor 5% (Noncondensing)
Maximum Elevation for Operation 0 to 10000 ft
AC Power Range 90 to 265 VAC
DC Power Range -40 to -72 VDC
Cooling Direction Front to Back

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