Sasmung Electronics introduced two 22-inch monitors with VoIP functions at IFA 2007 that they say has opened "the era of video conferencing and video calls".

Samsung's new SyncMaster 220TN monitor is embedded with simple networking modules, enabling users to go online and make video calls when connected to LAN cable even without a PC.

As the monitor has a built-in camera, microphone and speaker, users can make conference and video calls by using software that comes installed, without buying additional equipment while they go online.

The other new monitor, SyncMaster 225UW, developed for more convenient VoIP calls, is optimised for Microsoft UC (Unified Communication) solution.

The SyncMaster 225UW with built-in camera, microphone and speaker allows users to make video calls or to chat with traditional messenger systems such as MS Live Messenger and Skype.

Yun Ho Ha, senior vice president of Samsung's Visual Display Division said: "These monitors with VoIP functions unveiled at this IFA exhibition will become a must-have item for individual users and enterprises in the global era".

Both monitors support high resolution of 1680 x 1050 and have USB hub functions, a high gloss finish and touch buttons. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.