Dell to Showcase New Instant-On Desktop Systems

Want to be more productive? Get back to work faster? Probably not, but Dell has a solution for businesses that want you to be. Next week consumers will get a first look at Dell’s new Instant-On system for Latitude laptops.

Instant-On technology will give users instant access to data and major applications without booting up the computer. By doing so, this will allow users to function with e-mail and documents without engaging the CPU and therefore using far less energy.

Dell is promising its customers ‘multi-day’ battery life for new models of its Latitude line – dubbed with the name ‘Latitude On’ according to Jeff Clarke, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell Product Group. No details on when the ‘Latitude On’ would be released. However, Clarke did disclose some details of the system back in August of this year – claiming the system will run a Linux variant and a secondary chip, in order to extend battery life. You can watch the video containing some of the disclosures on YouTube here.

The Instant-On feature sounds a lot like Dell Media Direct, a partition that was pre-configured on select Dell systems that allowed you to listen to music and watch videos without having to boot into the operating system – sounds like they have utilized this idea and just bumped it up a notch, actually making it useful this time around.

Dell has the Latitude E4200 and E4300 listed on their site with the ’Latitude On’ feature. Dell’s description of the feature is as follows:

Instant Connectivity Enjoy instant access to email, calendar and internet with the new Dell Latitude ONTM communication module. Dell Latitude ON enables bi-directional remote access to your Microsoft Exchange data with the single touch of a button without booting or waking your entire laptop—lowering power consumption and extending battery life.

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  • Anonymous
    Sounds much like Asus' Splashtop.
    but now it uses a separate CPU to boot.. strange...
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  • cruiseoveride
    probably an embedded linux solution
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  • JonnyDough
    "The Instant-On feature sounds a lot like Dell Media Direct, a partition that was pre-configured on select Dell systems that allowed you to listen to music and watch videos without having to boot into the operating system"

    I don't know if it was Dell that came up with this idea. It may have been around before Dell was. Back in 1997 or so I recall that my math teacher had a computer with a "CD" button or something that would allow you to boot into DOS and play a CD from a program without booting into the OS. Even though I remember it from about 1997, I think his computer may have been a few years older than that. If anyone might know anything about this please inform us of it. I'd like to know more.
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