Kahuna for IP Systems

Kahuna for IP Systems

Simple and reliable IP transition


Simple and Reliable

Choosing to transition to IP with SAM is simple and reliable assuring you the best possible solution without having to compromise your production switcher feature set or I/O configuration.

By engaging with several leading industry bodies, including AIMS, VSF, SMPTE and EBU SAM can provide customers with the best possible IP solution for their production switchers.

The IP offering from the Kahuna production switchers support uncompressed SMPTE 2022-6, TR-03 and lightly compressed SMPTE 2042 (VC- 2) and TICO connectivity on fins that can be populated the way you choose to achieve your IP objectives.

Hybrid Solution

Choosing Kahuna can help make your IP transition stress free by offering flexible architecture, giving you the freedom to work in a hybrid mix and match workflow. Each Kahuna can be a mixture of SDI, fiber and IP fins with no restrictions. If you are currently working in an SDI domain and are planning to expand into the IP world, we can provide you with a scalable upgrade solution without any infrastructure headaches – Kahuna’s IP fins handle all the processing on-board with no need for extra external boxes.

The Kahuna accepts both 10Gbps and 40Gbps ports supporting  120 inputs and 48 outputs in HD and 60 inputs and 24 outputs in 1080p. Installation of the IP fins is simple and fast – they simply slot into the mainframe in place of one or more existing SDI fins. Critically, IP enabled Kahunas offer exactly the same unbeatable power and capabilities that Kahuna is renowned for – no compromises, just added IP interfaces.

IP Interoperability

Integrating Kahuna with SAM’s other IP-enabled products, including IQ Modular infrastructure, Sirius 800 Routers, MV 805 Multiviewers, sQ Servers and LiveTouch highlights and replay delivers a complete, all-encompassing live production environment that supports both SDI and IP.

Being able to mix both SDI and IP in the same mainframe in such a large I/O configuration really does make the Kahuna the most practical and leading production switcher on the market.

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Care Support

Securing overall performance is essential to maintaining end-user satisfaction, which in turn results in sustaining and growing revenue. It is important to take steps to limit the risk of incidents taking place through fault prevention and planning and, if incidents do occur, to ensure that downtime is as short as possible.

To ensure you get the most from your investment, SAM offers comprehensive support packages to suit your needs. Built on a foundation of over 30 years’ experience in supporting broadcast and post-production systems, SAM Care provides a highly skilled 24x7 technical help desk, committed response times, software maintenance support and operates a worldwide spare parts service from over 20 warehouse locations across the globe.

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Available in 4 and 3M/E Kahuna 9600-IP and 2 M/E Kahuna 6400–IP.

  • Supports 10Gbps on both Input and Output fins
  • Supports both SMPTE 2022-6, TR-03 & VC-2
  • Evolves with standards
  • Mix & match of SDI / Fiber & IP fi ns
  • Large quantity of I/O

IP Input / Output Capacity

The tables below show the maximum IP I/O capacity on IP-enabled Kahunas for SMPTE 2022-6, TR-03 and VC-2 signals in both HD and 1080p.


11U max.number I/O  

6U max. number I/O 

  Inputs Outputs Inputs Outputs
HD 2022-6 & TR-03 120 48  60  24 
HD VC-2  90  48  45  24 


11U max.number I/O  

6U max. number I/O 

  Inputs Outputs Inputs Outputs
HD 2022-6 & TR-03 60 24  30  12 
HD VC-2  90  48  45  24 

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