L3 Daughter Card and L3 Expansion Module Options for the Cisco Nexus 5548P/5548UP and 5596UP Switch
In addition to expansion modules, the Cisco Nexus 5548P and 5548UP supports a Layer 3 daughter card that can be ordered with the system or as a spare (field upgradable). This daughter card provides up to 160 Gbps of Layer 3 forwarding capability (240 million packets per second [mpps]) that can be shared by all 48 ports in the chassis. The Layer 3 daughter card does not take up one of the expansion slots on the rear of the chassis, but instead is installed by replacing the Layer 2 I/O module (N55-DL2) that is located on the front of the chassis.
• In addition to three expansion module, the Cisco Nexus 5596UP supports Layer 3 module, which provides up to 160 Gbps of Layer 3 forwarding capability (240 mpps) that can be shared by all the I/O ports in the chassis
• Version 2 of Layer 3 Daughter Cards and Expansion Modules have enhanced hardware capability that increases host table size from 8K to 16K or multicast routes from 4K to 8K (enabled in future software release).