Another day another Netbook.  Emtec Electronics officially unveiled their Gdium Liberty Netbook today. What sets it apart from the rest of the pact is a Linux OS, the absence of a hard drive and what the manufacturer is calling an ‘extended or full sized keyboard’. Taking the place of the hard drive is a personable and bootable USB called the G-Key. It stores the Linux OS, user data and preferences.  Remove the G-Key and the data vanishes.  The remaining specs include a 900Mhz CPU from ST Microelectronic, 512MB of RAM, WiFi b/g, 3x USB 2.0 ports, webcam, 2.6lbs form factor and a 10-inch 1024×600 LCD.

There is currently no word on release date, but expect it to cost $400.

Official product page here

Full release below

EMTEC to Reveal Gdium Mobile Netbook at CES

EMTEC has officially launched the Gdium, an ultra-portable, affordable “netbook” computer with a stunning design and innovative architecture entrenched in the open-source world.

Columbus, OHIO January 7, 2009 – EMTEC, a leader in mobile storage solutions and peripherals, has unveiled the Gdium, an ultra-portable, affordable netbook computer, designed to be smart, reliable and stylish.

The EMTEC Gdium is the ultimate mobile computer, weighing in at 2.6 pounds. The Gdium boasts a compact size (9.8 x 7.2 x 1.25 inches), while still offering a web-optimized 1024 x 600 resolution on a notable 10-inch screen. It also comes equipped with a full, comfortable keyboard.

The software application package included with Gdium is based entirely on Open Source software. It includes an extensive variety of programs: Firefox internet browser, Thunderbird e-mail client, instant messaging, VoIP, blog editor, audio/video players and security utilities, as well as a complete Open Office suite of applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.

The Gdium integrates an energy efficient processor and operating system. The processor, based on MIPS-64 architecture, is provided by ST Microelectronics, a tier-one top-quality chip maker. Designed to combine performance and low energy consumption, the Gdium runs on a dedicated and optimized version of Mandriva Linux OS, specially designed for the 64-bit processor.

Unique to the Gdium is the G-Key, a bootable USB key on which the Linux operating system, applications and personal data are stored. The G-Key allows each user to store their personal information and preferences securely, without leaving a trace on the computer.

“The Gdium netbook offering is unique to the marketplace,” said Chris Mack, EVP Sales & Marketing, EMTEC, North America. “The revolutionary new design and the unique synchronization feature of the G-Key separate Gdium from the rest of the pack. With a sub-$400 retail price point, we believe EMTEC will become a key player in the netbook market.”

Gdium also has a dedicated website, which features an online, social networking environment and provides multimedia resources as well as educational content aimed at students. The Gdium website provides a range of communication tools and services, from e-mail to chat forums, social networking, blogs and dedicated news forums in a safe, user-friendly environment.

The EMTEC Gdium also features an exclusive array of accessories and travel bags. To find out more about EMTEC Gdium products and accessories, please visit www.emtecelectronics.com.



Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."