Cisco IOS-XE® Embedded Services Routing

Rugged Reliability in a SWaP-Optimized Router

The XChange6300 Embedded Services Router (ESR) from X-ES is designed to be the most rugged solution in the industry for Cisco IOS-XE® networking and communications. It extends the Cisco enterprise infrastructure beyond the reach of traditional fixed-network infrastructure, making it ideal for military and aerospace, oil and gas, mining, smart grid, heavy construction, transportation, homeland security, and public safety applications. As a conduction-cooled XMC/PMC router card, the XChange6300 can plug into existing sockets or be used in standalone applications.

Cisco’s industry-leading Mobile Ready Net technology provides highly secure data, voice, and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless links. Cisco’s networking capabilities can be combined with UHF, VHF, Wi-Fi, and other radio platforms to create mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) without requiring a connection to central infrastructure for military and emergency response.

Advanced Ruggedization Support

Tin Whisker-Resistant

Leaded solder assembly is supported, which has been shown to be an effective method for mitigating tin whiskers that can cause catastrophic electronic system failures.

Mission-Ready Design

The XChange6300 is subjected to the same rigorous testing and qualification standards that X-ES customers have come to expect on all our products, ensuring persistent mission-critical routing functionality in even the harshest environments.


For customers with long product runways, X-ES’ Configuration Management Control provides notifications and impact assessments whenever X-ES’ proactive obsolescence monitoring process identifies a component that is about to be discontinued.

Fine-Tuned for Purpose

X-ES engineers can offer configuration options to support unique project requirements, such as parylene conformal coating for added protection.

The Minimal-Power Solution

The XChange6300 ESR uses a next-generation bare-metal design to minimize size, weight, and power (SWaP). Software-implemented solutions on other routers often require power-intensive virtual environments that consume power and require larger form factor solutions. By contrast, the XChange6300’s design draws the lowest possible power, enabling a mezzanine implementation. When paired with one of X-ES’ embedded switches, the XChange6300 can be installed onto custom sky-lined heatframes to further reduce SWaP.

Embedded Switch Integration

The XChange6300 adheres to proven, industry-standard building blocks in its design, which allows it to pair with any and all of X-ES’ current line of 40 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and Gigabit Ethernet embedded switches. This integration enables superior performance and compatibility while minimizing or even completely eliminating the need for time- and cost-intensive customization.


Conduction-cooled 3U VPX Ethernet switch module providing one backplane 40GBASE-KR4 Ethernet port, six backplane 10GBASE-KR Ethernet ports, four backplane 10GBASE-T Ethernet ports, and up to eight backplane 1000BASE-T Ethernet ports.

View XChange3031


Conduction-cooled 3U VPX Ethernet switch module providing six backplane 40GBASE-KR4 Ethernet ports, six backplane 10GBASE-KR Ethernet ports, two backplane 10GBASE-T Ethernet ports, and one front panel optical Ethernet port.

View XChange3030


Conduction- or air-cooled 3U OpenVPX™ integrated switch module supporting both PCI Express and Ethernet protocols. The integrated PCI Express and Ethernet switch functionality allow XChange3021 to serve as the heart of inter-board communications inside a high-end OpenVPX™ system.

View XChange3021
Rugged System Integration


The XChange6300 ESR is available for use with the XPand6240 Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) rugged system based on the Intel® Xeon® D-1700 series (formerly Ice Lake-D) of processors. With a compact design, the XPand6240 maximizes processing and networking performance while providing a SWaP-optimized alternative to traditionally larger slot-based systems; it is an actual Small Form Factor (SFF) system based on COTS 3U VPX modules.

Advanced Functionality
in the Field

To meet the needs of demanding mobile and embedded networking applications, the XChange6300 ESR provides the following features:

  • Onboard hardware encryption to off-load encryption processing
  • Radio aware routing (RAR) with support for the latest Dynamic Link Exchange Protocol (DLEP)
  • IPv6 support
  • Integrated threat control with Cisco IOS-XE® firewalls and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
  • Quality of Service (QoS)

Because the XChange6300 ESR uses the same Cisco IOS-XE® operating system that IT staffs in the military, energy, public safety, and other industries are already trained on, these organizations can expand their network to personnel, equipment, facilities, and vehicles at the edge of the network – from warfighters on the battlefield, to mines and drilling platforms, to natural disaster mobile command centers – without any additional training.

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