Dell unveiled a new netbook at the CES show on Friday, and gave a sneak peek of its new ultra-thin laptop PC.

The world's second largest computer maker unveiled a new laptop dubbed Adamo, putting an end to rumors that have circulated the internet for weeks. The laptop, featuring a 13 screen, is set to compete against Apple's Macbook Air, and Sony's Z series notebooks.

Dell said it would begin shipping Adamo in the first half of 2009 but declined to give any pricing or specs for the computer, which was briefly shown to reporters at an event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Adamo will be the new luxury franchise in the Dell brand line-up, said Michael Tatelman, vice president of consumer sales and marketing at Dell.

The Round Rock, Texas-based company also unveiled a 10-inch netbook to join its 9-inch and 12-inch netbooks.

Netbooks, smaller and more affordable than traditional laptops, are the fastest-growing part of the PC market.

Yesterday the firm said it is cutting 1,900 jobs in Europe by shutting down an assembly plant in Ireland and moving its operations to Poland.

The company's plant in Ireland controls its European and Middle East manufacturing operations. It is expected to complete the reduction by January 2010 and workers are expected to start leaving the plant in April.