\r\nBased on the design prowess, or lack there of this LCD monitor from Samsung, I think it's safe to say that the consumer electronics company is cutting back on R&D.\u00a0 Embedded at the top of the 24-inch VC240 monitor is a 5 megapixel webcam that can capture 720p video at 30fps.\u00a0 Great if you wanna snap some self portraits, but 720p streaming, I don't think so, at least not yet.\u00a0 My VoIP jargon is a little rusty, but from the sounds of it this monitor has its very own built-in VoIP hardware, although its not clear if you can just plug in an Ethernet cord sans computer and dial out.\u00a0 The monitor specs include 1920x1080 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time and DVI input.\u00a0 Street date is pegged for this Fall for $1,999.\r\n\r\nFull release after the 'leap'\r\nSamsung and RADVISION Develop HD Video Conference Multimedia LCD Monitor\r\n\r\nSamsung to Demo VC240 at Booth #4461, Hall B\r\n\r\nInfoComm 2009\r\nBooth #4461, Hall B\r\nORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RADVISION and Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today unveiled the VC240, their first product on the market to integrate all the components required for high definition desktop video conferencing into a single unit at an affordable price. The VC240 can operate as a standalone desktop HD video conferencing device and as a 24 inch high resolution monitor.\r\n\r\n\u201cSamsung is well-positioned in the future of telepresence and digital convergence, and this partnership with RADVISION brings to market a unique solution with the ability to scale,\u201d says J.H. Kim, President of Samsung Electronics America, Information Technology Division. \u201cThe VC240 highlights our ability to provide superior display technology for any current or future display application.\u201d\r\n\r\nIdeal for conference rooms and businesses who want to conduct in-person meetings without the complexities associated with travel, the VC240 is an all in one video conferencing solution. A Video and Voice over Internet Protocols (V2oIP) enabled network monitor, it is fully compatible with other VoIP systems including Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based Multipoint Control Units (MCUs) and Unified Communications (MS). It can also function as a one to multipoint video conference with its built-in VoIP module.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe VC240 breaks down barriers in the desktop market by allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of the high definition video communications experience at a fraction of the cost of existing hardware desktop solutions,\u201d says Boaz Raviv, CEO of RADVISION. \u201cWith the introduction of this product Samsung and RADVISION are literally changing the playing field by enabling wide scale deployment of HD video on the desktop. We are honored to partner with the world\u2019s leading expert in LCD technology and together we will bring the market a new level of desktop video communications.\u201d\r\n\r\nNEW NETWORK TECHNOLOGY\r\n\r\nLeveraging Samsung\u2019s renown front-of-screen performance, the VC240 also incorporates H.264 codec and a 5 megapixel camera and noise-cancelling microphones. The VC240 provides excellent video compression and high resolution images. Special video and voice functions enhance the user experience in a video conference environment, including adaptive jitter buffer, lip synchronization, acoustic echo cancellation and voice activation detection while a 5ms response rate assures users of motion clarity with reduced blurring. A 1000:1 contrast ratio reduces eye fatigue and provides sharper text, deeper shadows and brighter colors.\r\n\r\nThe VC240 is fully interoperable with RADVISION\u2019s SCOPIA line of products and complements RADVISION\u2019s other desktop video solutions. It will also offer RADVISION\u2019s latest advanced video features including SVC (Scalable Video Coding) and Forward Error Correction features ensuring the highest quality possible.\r\n\r\nThe VC240 also supports a rage of video and audio inputs, including DVI-I and VGA component connections.\r\n\r\nPRICING AND AVAILABILITY\r\n\r\nThe VC240 will be available this Fall with a suggested price of $1,999 through Samsung Resellers and distribution channels, which can be located by calling 1-866-SAM-4BIZ. Samsung Power Partners receive special promotions, lead referrals, training and technical support, as well as collateral and marketing materials. To find out more about becoming a Samsung Power Partner, visit www.samsungP3.com.\r\n\r\nSamsung will demonstrate the VC240 from June 17 - 19 in booth #4461, Hall B.\r\n\r\nAbout Samsung Electronics America Information Technology Division\r\n\r\nSamsung\u2019s Information Technology Division (ITD) is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the U.S., and is committed to serving the IT needs of consumers ranging from the home user to the Fortune 500 elite, and supports the valued channel partners who serve our customers. Offering innovative solutions and award-winning designs, Samsung ITD presents a complete line of award-winning color and mono-laser printing solutions, desktop monitors, notebook computers, digital signage solutions and projectors. Based in Ridgefield Park, N.J., ITD is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEC). For more information, please visit www.samsung.com or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.\r\n\r\nAbout Samsung Electronics\r\n\r\nSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.\r\n\r\nAbout RADVISION\r\n\r\nRADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN) is the industry\u2019s leading provider of market-proven products and technologies for unified visual communications over IP, 3G and IMS networks. With its complete set of standards-based video networking infrastructure and developer toolkits for voice, video, data and wireless communications, RADVISION is driving the unified communications evolution by combining the power of video, voice, data and wireless \u2013 for high definition video conferencing systems, innovative converged mobile services, and highly scalable video-enabled desktop platforms on IP, 3G and emerging next-generation IMS networks. To gain additional insights into our products, technology and opinions, visit blog.radvision.com. For more information about RADVISION, visit www.radvision.com.