Kahuna IP launched at IBC

New switcher range offers full Kahuna switcher power with all-IP input and output capability

SAM launched the Kahuna IP production switcher range at IBC – delivering all the power, processing and multi-format capabilities for which the Kahuna is renowned, with a full complement of IP inputs and outputs. This new development is in addition to the ability to replace individual input and/or output ‘fins’ on a standard SDI Kahuna system with IP fins – also on show at IBC, and enabling users to transition to IP at a rate which suits their developing business needs.

Kahuna IP is available in a range of three models - 4800 IP, 6400 IP and 9600 IP - to support the needs of every scale of production, from OB/remotes to the largest broadcast operation, covering everything from SD to 4K. IP connections are initially 10 GigE, and support SMPTE 2022-6 natively as well as VC-2 and other compression formats.

Kahuna IP systems incorporate SAM’s Make M/E technology, which enables the user to create a tailor-made M/E for specific requirements. SD, HD, 1080P and 4K signals are supported simultaneously thanks to SAM’s FormatFusion3 multi-format technology. Kahuna IP is perfectly complemented by the Kahuna Maverik configurable control panel, its modular architecture allowing complete flexibility in design and enabling the panel to be reconfigured on a production by production basis.


“Every business has different requirements when it comes to implementing IP – the new Kahuna IP range of switchers is aimed at those wishing to go fully IP now,” said John Carter, SAM Senior Product Manager. “Kahuna IP is a no-compromise product, delivering the full Kahuna production power but with IP inputs and outputs. For those wishing to transition to IP over time, we also have the perfect answer. Our Kahuna 4800, 6400 and 9600 production switchers can be progressively IP-enabled by simply swapping out input and output fins and replacing them with IP fins as required.”

About SAM
Formed from the fusion of Quantel and Snell, SAM is a new company with a unique mix of experience and energy.  We have the vision to deliver business-transforming solutions across the media production ecosystem. Our future-ready systems enable broadcasters, content owners and service providers to evolve their business models to succeed in the consumer-driven era. We understand that it’s not only about the future – to get there, today’s needs are also paramount; our smart, agile technology maximizes efficiency and productivity in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.