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Toyota Motor has developed a computer chip for its gas-electric hybrid cars that could boost fuel efficiency by 10 percent and allow the automaker to install the hybrid system on more of its vehicles. Toyota said on Tuesday, the maker of Prius hybrids and auto parts maker Denso have jointly developed a semiconductor using a silicon and carbon compound that limits power loss and allows for a smaller hybrid system. Toyota said, the new chip’s silicon carbide compound is already used in computer chips in trains and air conditioners, but this is its first use in automobile power chips.

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