the 7200 was not created for ATM. In fact, it supports the widest variety of interfaces and services in the industry. The newest processor, NPE-G2 is the fastest software-based router existing on the market.
If there is something that can do software-based QoS at gigabit speeds, it's the 7200 with NPE-g1 or G2.
After that, there are hardware-based layer-3 switching boxes like the 6500 and 7600 (that are exactly the same product under different name and marketing). The cost is much, much higher and so the complexity. Then sometime, unexpected limitation pops up because the hardware doesn't support all the features you are used to have in software-based IOS.
In all honesty, if price is not a concern, I would a use 7201-G2 with either the crypto PA SA-VAM2+, or the newest crypto module adapter that is the maximum performance in the industry for a reasonable price, C7200-VSA (900 Mbps encrypted throughput).
The 38x5 are something in the middle, again you may consider them for a more reduced budget, yet very capable design.
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