A look inside Latitude On

Dell has joined the instant-on generation by adding the capability to its upcoming line of laptops. What they have dubbed Latitude On, is a method to get instant access to email and other basic tasks. Users will not be able to add applications to the flash memory, however Dell is planning on continuing development by adding features such as IM, and browser support for Flash and Java.

The fully dedicated sub-system is comprised of a low-voltage ARM processor and flash memory that runs independent of the main hard drive. The included separate OS is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, and adds instant access to BlackBerry type tasks. (Indeed, the development codename was BlackTop).

Besides browsing and email capabilities, included will be viewers for Office and PDF documents, along with drivers for the notebook’s wireless and 3G HSDPA radios. Via a wireless connection, the notebook will be able to connect and sync with an Exchange server or a POP3/IMAP account.