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Product Line: Cisco NCS 5500 Series
Product Type: Fabric Card
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Product Description

The NC55-5504-FC is a high-capacity network module designed for the NCS 5500 modular chassis series, supporting up to 6 cards per chassis with a total bandwidth of 5.4 Tbps when fully equipped with 6 fabric cards. It operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and is compatible with Cisco IOS XR Software Release 6.3 and later. The module meets various safety and EMC standards, including UL 60950-1 and CISPR22 Class A, and offers N+1 redundancy for enhanced reliability.

FAQs for the NC55-5504-FC

  • What is the maximum bandwidth supported by the device?
    The device supports a maximum bandwidth of 900 Gbps.
  • How many cards can the chassis accommodate?
    The chassis can accommodate up to 6 cards.
  • Which software version is required for this hardware?
    Cisco IOS XR Software Release 6.3 and later versions are required.
  • What are the physical dimensions of the device?
    The device measures 12.25 inches in height, 17.50 inches in width, and 33.15 inches in depth.
  • What temperature range does the device operate in?
    The device operates in a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C.
  • What is the weight of the device?
    The device weighs 84 lbs.
  • What safety standards does the device comply with?
    The device complies with multiple safety standards, including UL 60950-1 Second Edition and EN 60950-1 Second Edition.
  • What type of redundancy is available?
    The device offers N+1 redundancy.
  • Is the device RoHS compliant?
    Yes, the device is RoHS-6 compliant.
  • What is the total bandwidth with 6 fabric cards?
    With 6 fabric cards, the total bandwidth reaches 5.4 Tbps.

Product Review

The Cisco NC55-5504-FC provides a substantial bandwidth capacity of 900 Gbps per slot, scaling up to 5.4 Tbps with 6 fabric cards, making it suitable for high-demand network environments. Its compatibility with Cisco IOS XR Software Release 6.3 and later ensures up-to-date software support for enhanced functionality and security. However, the unit's significant weight of 84 lbs and large dimensions may limit its deployment in space-constrained settings or necessitate additional physical support in certain installations.


The Cisco NC55-5504-FC is a fabric card designed to work with the NCS 5500 modular chassis series, enhancing the system's capabilities by providing additional bandwidth and supporting advanced features for high-demand network environments. This component is integral for expanding the operational efficiency and capacity of network infrastructures, catering to the needs of modern data centers and service providers. Key specifications of the Cisco NC55-5504-FC include its ability to support up to six cards per chassis, thereby offering a scalable solution for growing network demands. The fabric card itself is capable of delivering a bandwidth of 900 Gbps, ensuring high-speed data transmission and efficient handling of network traffic. When fully equipped with six fabric cards, the total system bandwidth reaches an impressive 5.4 Tbps, highlighting the card's role in facilitating expansive network capabilities. The fabric card is compatible with Cisco IOS XR Software Release 6.3 and later versions, ensuring that it benefits from the latest software features and security enhancements. This compatibility assures users that the hardware remains up-to-date with evolving network standards and technologies. Physical dimensions of the Cisco NC55-5504-FC are as follows: a height of 12.25 inches, a width of 17.50 inches, and a depth of 33.15 inches, with a total weight of 84 lbs. These dimensions make it a considerable component designed for integration into corresponding chassis with ample space for optimal functionality. Environmental considerations have also been meticulously accounted for, with the fabric card operating efficiently within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C. Short-term operating conditions allow for temperatures from -5 °C to 55 °C, accommodating various climatic conditions and ensuring reliability across different operational contexts. Humidity levels are maintained at 5% noncondensing, with an altitude tolerance of up to 9842ft, making the card versatile for deployment in diverse environments.
  • Redundancy is supported through an N+1 configuration, enhancing system reliability and minimizing downtime.
  • Compliance with safety standards such as UL 60950-1 and EN 60950-1, among others, ensures that the fabric card meets international regulatory requirements.
  • The device is RoHS-6 compliant, adhering to restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
The Cisco NC55-5504-FC also meets stringent EMC emissions and immunity standards, including 47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A and EN55024, ensuring minimal interference in sensitive environments and robust performance under varied electromagnetic conditions. In conclusion, the Cisco NC55-5504-FC fabric card is a critical component for networks requiring high bandwidth, reliability, and compliance with safety and environmental standards. Its design and specifications make it a suitable choice for enterprises and service providers looking to scale their operations and support high-volume data traffic efficiently.


Item Number and Producer Cisco NC55-5504-FC
Cards Supported per Enclosure 6
Throughput Capacity 900 Gbps
Operating System Compatibility Compatible with Cisco IOS XR Software Version 6.3 onwards
Vertical Dimension 12.25 inches
Horizontal Measurement 17.50 inches
Front-to-Back Length 33.15 inches
Lowest Operational Temperature 0 °C
Highest Operational Temperature 40 °C
Lowest Storage Temperature -40 °C
Highest Storage Temperature 70 °C
Operational Humidity Range - Minimum 5% (Non-condensing)
Operational Humidity Range - Maximum 85% (Non-condensing)
Maximum Operating Altitude 0 to 9842 feet
Unit Mass 84 pounds
Compliance - Safety Standards Meets requirements of UL 60950-1, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, AS/NZS 60950-1, GB4943
Electromagnetic Emissions Compliance Compliant with 47CFR Part 15 Class A, AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A, CISPR22 Class A, EN55022 Class A, ICES003 Class A, VCCI Class A
Redundancy Configuration N+1
Electromagnetic Immunity Standards Conforms to EN55024, CISPR24, E300386, KN 61000-4
Compliance with RoHS Meets RoHS-6 standards
Processing Stages 1
Connection Type for Line Cards Direct
Compatible Systems Designed for use with NCS 5500 modular chassis series
Short-term Operational Temperature Range - Min -5 °C
Short-term Operational Temperature Range - Max 55 °C
Aggregate Throughput with 6 Fabric Cards 5.4 Tbps

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