Consumers will soon get their first look at Dell's new instant-on system for Latitude laptops, a company executive has announced.

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.

By doing so, it allows users to work with email 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, which will feature the system. The system is known as Latitude On. Clarke said only 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.