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Danger to use Intel chips in Hiptops

Start-up Danger said it will be using Intel's tri-band GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service) Embedded Module in its Hiptop devices beginning this summer. The chip design is one that Intel acquired when it bought Xircom in 2001. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Danger said the devices will run on 900MHz, 1800MHz and 1900MHz frequencies. The use of the tri-band chip will help Danger reach global carriers as the software and services company tries to extend the reach of its audience.

"Being able to launch our product to the GSM/GPRS operators worldwide is the natural evolution...We are able to reduce our time to market by reducing the time it takes to get through regulatory and carrier approvals," Hank Nothhaft, chief executive of Danger, said in a statement.