Samsung 400Pn Series; when the Monitor IS the computer

Last week saw the press release about the SIS741CX chipset being adopted by Samsung's Multi Function monitors. There were quite a few things that caught my eye.

First, SIS is a computer chipset manufacturer and I was wondering how this Taiwanese company and Samsung, the Korean giant were going to collaborate. Secondly, the term ‘Multi Function’ Monitors meant that these were not dumb, ordinary monitors and thirdly, I have wanted to grab an all in one computer like this gorgeous Apple iMac Intel Core Duo 20-inch ever since the iMac was released.

The Samsung 400Pn is not your usual monitor, it is a 40-inch LCD designed to surpass Plasma screens in the near future. The SIS741CX will effectively power a mini computer, equivalent to the first generation of Pentium IV processor inside the Samsung monitor. This is not new though as several manufacturers have tried - and failed - to mass-market such a concept.

Although it will offer similar functionalities as set-top boxes already available on the market, Samsung probably want to create a whole new market of x86-compatible embedded products that would eventually run Windows XP, Linux or Windows Mobile indifferently.

The SIS741CX will be used in conjunction with the AMD Geode platform - which incidentally is also part of the One Laptop Per Child Project. This would allow end users to ‘download and play MP3 music files, watch movies, check e-mail, do online shopping and even play online games’ - no mention of working from home here.