June 18, 2009

LG Unveils Flatscreen Monitor With Virtualization Capability

New flatscreen monitors to be released this month by LG Electronics are able to double as virtual computers, allowing multiple users to run programs off a single standard PC, Reuters reported.

The SmartVine N-series liquid crystal display monitors come with embedded "virtualization" technology from U.S.-based NComputing Inc. that allows users to connect a keyboard and mouse directly to the monitor.

NComputing said for a total cost of roughly $3,000, the LG monitor would allow as many as 11 users to share a single PC through virtualization.

Virtualization refers to technology that allows one computer to perform the work of many machines.

Stephen Dukker, chief executive of privately held NComputing, said that since every single one of their workstations needs a monitor, they decided to build their technology directly into the monitor.

Dukker was the founder and former CEO of the low-cost PC outfit eMachines, which was sold in 2004 to Gateway.

This month LG will begin marketing a 19-inch SmartVine N-series monitor for $199. The displays will work with both Windows and Linux computers, but can also be used as traditional monitors.

The monitors primary target market will be education and service environments such as call centers, LG executives said.

So far the company has shipped more than 15 million monitors in 2008.

NComputing's technology allows a standard PC to be shared by a number of users, which can dramatically reduce costs for businesses

The Redwood City, California-based company reported more than 50 percent of its sales come from emerging markets.


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