Instant-on Dell Desktop to Debut Next Week

Consumers will get their first look at Dell's new instant-on system for Optiplex desktops next week, a company executive said Wednesday in Shanghai.

Users will have instant access to computer data and major applications without booting up the computer, said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president and general manager of Dell Product Group, who did not name the system.

By doing so, it allows users to work with e-mail and documents without engaging the CPU and therefore uses less energy.

Dell is promising "multi-day" battery life for new models of its Latitude laptop line, for which the system is called Latitude On. Clarke only said that Latitude On was "coming soon."

Clarke previously disclosed some details of the system in August, saying it will run on a Linux OS and a separate, secondary chip, in order to extend battery life.

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