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Developer EMTEC
Type Netbook
Introductory price $429 USD/ 359€

The Gdium is a subnotebook / netbook computer produced by EMTEC. The Gdium product is distinguished by its unique Loongson MIPS processor and the use of a USB key as a primary storage device. The Gdium netbook is marketed as an interface device to the Gdium "learning community"—a website that provides hardware support, MIPS builds of Open Source software, Linux computing tips, and educational resources targeted towards teachers and students within the K-12 demographic.


  • Technical overview 1
  • Starting phase 2
  • External links 3
  • Status 4
  • References 5

Technical overview

The EMTEC Gdium Liberty 1000 is built on an STMicroelectronics Loongson 2F MIPS microprocessor and uses a proprietary form-factored USB key, called the G-Key, as its primary storage medium. The G-Key, which fits in a specially designed USB slot recessed within the unit, is available in 8GB and 16GB capacities. The key generates no noise, and is less susceptible to mechanical shock damage than hard drives. It also includes an SD card reader, which provides support for MMC, SD and SDHC cards as supplemental storage.

The Gdium uses Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and The GIMP are included in the default installation. There are no compilations of Microsoft Windows, OS X, or Ubuntu available for the MIPS instruction set, but e.g. Debian offers packages compiled for MIPS.

The EMTEC Gdium Liberty 1000 specifications are as follows:[1]

  • Screen size: 10" (254 mm)
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CPU: 900 MHz 64-bit Loongson 2F by STMicroelectronics
  • Operating system: Mandriva G-Linux
  • Video chipset: Silicon Motion SM502 (16MB dedicated video memory)
  • RAM: 512MB DDR2 (supports up to 1GB, not user upgradeable)
  • Primary Storage: 16GB to 32GB USB G-Key (removable)
  • Webcam: 0.3 or 1.3 Mpx
  • Keyboard: 240mm long and 96.8mm wide.
  • Wireless LAN: IEEE 802.11b/g
  • LAN: 10/100 Mbit/s
  • Battery: 5000 mAh / 2.5 hours[2] (some users report ~30 minutes)[3]
  • SD / SDHC Card reader
  • 3 USB ports available: 2 standard USB 2.0 and 1 USB 2.0 for the G-Key
  • 1 VGA ext 15pin D-sub enabling 1280x1024 external monitor resolution
  • Speakers/headset Output: 1 port for 3.5mm audio jack
  • Microphone Input: 1 port for 3.5mm microphone jack
  • Dimensions: 250 x 182 x 32 mm
  • Weight: 1.2 kg

Starting phase

  • Gdium was originally planned for release in September 2008,[4] but after multiple hardware and software glitches attributed to poorly managed contracted labor across France[5] and China,[6] the product was delayed until end of February 2009 for its soft launch. Gdium's soft launch was on the Belgium market and received a mild user acceptance.
  • The target price of the Gdium at Euro 379[4] makes the Gdium an expensive and poorly valued netbook given its modest hardware and short battery life. Analysts have wondered if a market actually exist for it.[7]
  • In North America, the Gdium can be found for about US$280–370[8] as of 9/2009
  • Developers with a project can get the same hardware for €250 through the OLPH program.

External links

  • Home page of the project
  • Gdium, another Eee PC competitor
  • One Laptop Per Hacker program from Gdium (links to wiki, forum, planet and more)


Website went down around Sept 2013. It's unsure if the community is still alive elsewhere.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Laptop Magazine's In-Depth Hands on Review April 9, 2009
  3. ^ Amazon Buyer Reviews
  4. ^ a b "Gdium Stay online, communicate, learn and play ... with style". August 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Mandriva leaps into the netbook market with the Gdium". July 21, 2008. 
  6. ^ "In the backstage of Gdium Liberty manufacturing". March 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Emtecs Gdium Netbook Gets Specced".  
  8. ^ Google Product Search
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