EMTEC has unveiled the Gdium, describing it as an "ultra-portable, affordable netbook computer, designed to be smart, reliable and stylish".

The EMTEC Gdium weighs in at 2.6 pounds, measures 9.8 x 7.2 x 1.25 inches, and offers a 1024 x 600 resolution on a 10-inch screen.

Supplied with open source software, the Gdium offers Firefox, Thunderbird e-mail, instant messaging, VoIP, a 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's processor, based on MIPS-64 architecture, is provided by ST Microelectronics, and runs on a dedicated and optimised version of Mandriva Linux OS, specially designed for the 64-bit processor.

The Gdium also boasts the "G-Key", a bootable USB key which stores the OS, applications and personal data that allows each user to store their personal information and preferences securely, without leaving a trace on the computer.

The Gdium will launch in the States with a retail price said to be "sub-$400".