The Cisco® 7304 Router is designed for the network edge where high performance IP services are required to enable profitability, service differentiation, and business agility. Utilizing a compact (4 Rack Unit), modular (4 slot) form factor, the Cisco 7304 platform delivers high-touch IP services at optical speeds necessary for applications in the high-end enterprise and the service provider managed service customer premise equipment (CPE).
High performance services are critical in these implementations, and the Cisco 7304 delivers an evolving set of hardware accelerated IP Services via the Cisco patented Parallel eXpress Forwarding (PXF) IP Services Processor technology. The Cisco 7304 provides a wide range of connectivity from DS-0 to OC-48 performance, an architecture engineered for high availability, and multiprotocol support. With Gigabit Ethernet ports built into the system, the Cisco 7304 is the evolution of Cisco System's® 7x00 series routers.
The NSE-100 is the forwarding engine/route processor for the Cisco 7304. In order to provide both a rich feature set and a forwarding rate of up to 3.5 Mpps, the NSE-100 utilizes PXF technology to deliver hardware-accelerated network services and a RM7000 MIPS microprocessor to leverage various multiprotocol capabilities such as IPX, AppleTalk, DLSw, SNAw, and other features from Cisco IOS.