Back when I first starting using the 7K’s I thought the naming of the line cards followed the same logical naming scheme of all other Cisco equipment (by that I mean there is no logic to it at all!).
It was when I was watching one of this years Cisco Live presentations on the 7K architecture that it all became a lot clearer.
So without further ado here is how to use the magical Nexus 7K linecard decoder ring:
N7K-M224XP-23L N7K - Signifies that the card is for a Nexus 7K M2 - Show that this is an M2 generation / type card 24 - The number of ports on the card X - That each of the ports is capable of running at 10Gbps P - That each of the ports uses the SFP+ type of transceiver 2 - That the module uses / requires FAB2 modules 3 - The number of fabric modules needed to run at full capacity L - That the card is licensed to hold a L(arge) routing table (licensed)