MontaVista Delivers Instant ON, Always ON, Always CONNECTED™ Experience as Part of Dell's Latitude ON

Integrated software stack enables rapid boot time, efficient power management, wireless connectivity, and common business applications

Santa Clara, Calif – November 17, 2009 – MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, today announced that the company worked with Dell to develop the software stack for Latitude ON – Dell's instant, always on connection to email, Web, contacts and calendar.

Built on the MontaVista Montabello™ MID platform, the software stack provides the advanced power management, fast startup, and connectivity management required by Latitude ON users.

Key Points:

  • Provides support for ARM processor in the Latitude ON
  • Based on the MontaVista Montabello™ MID platform
  • Supports Dell Latitude Z and E4200/4300 laptops
  • Instant ON: Fast operating system boot with instant resume in under one second
  • Always ON: Optimized for days-long battery life using dynamic power management
  • Always CONNECTED: Connection management with seamless roaming on Wi-Fi and 3G networks with Auto VPN and fully integrated Bluetooth.
  • Business user focused mobile application suite which includes a web browser, document reader, email client, contact manager, calendar and more
  • Email client support for POP, IMAP and Exchange
  • Document reader capability for .doc, .xls, .ppt and .pdf formats
  • Citrix Receiver support for remote corporate connectivity



Latitude ON represents the convergence of laptop productivity with instant “on” convenience and multi-day battery life in idle mode. Available on the Dell Latitude Z, E4200 and E4300, it includes an ARM processor and MontaVista-based Linux operating system that delivers instant, interactive access to email, the Web, contacts, attachments and calendars. Latitude ON allows the user to stay connected and utilizes the laptop’s keyboard and display for enhanced usability.

Supporting Quotes:


"Dell Latitude ON, takes an innovative approach to delivering instant access to email, web and calendar while providing multi-day battery life," said Steve Belt, vice president, Business Client Engineering, Dell Inc. "MontaVista's long history of innovation in embedded Linux and mobile devices made them the logical choice to work with as we developed the Latitude ON software stack."

"Dell's Latitude ON is an innovative product concept possibly creating a new product category that we are proud to be a part of" said Rusty Harris, CEO of MontaVista Software. "By delivering a complete ARM-based software platform for Dell, we freed them from having to develop a complex software infrastructure. This gave them a significant head-start on their project and enabled them to deliver a unique and sought after product feature."

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MontaVista Montabello, a customizable MID software platform from MontaVista, was recently named a finalist in the 2009 Design News Golden Mousetrap awards.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leader in embedded Linux commercialization. For over 10 years, MontaVista has been helping embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux. To learn more, please visit

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