|Tantalum Product||Application||Technical Attributes/Benefits|
|Tantalum carbide||Cutting tools||Increased high temperature deformation, control of grain growth|
|Lithium tantalate||Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters in mobile phones, hi-fi stereos and televisions.||Electronic signal wave dampening provides for clearer and crisper audio and video output.|
|Tantalum powder||Tantalum capacitors for electronic circuits in:
||High reliability characteristics and low failure rates, operation over a wide temperature range from -55 to +200°C, can withstand severe vibrational forces, small size per microfarad rating/electrical storage capability|
|Tantalum fabricated sheets and plates||
||Superior corrosion resistance - equivalent in performance to glass|
|Tantalum fabricated sheets, plates, rods, wires||
||Attack by body fluids is non-existent; highly bio-compatible|
|Tantalum fabricated sheets, plates, rods, wires||High temperature furnace parts||Melting point is 2996°C although protective atmosphere or high vacuum required|
||Applications of thin coatings of tantalum, tantalum oxide or nitride coatings to semi-conductors to prevent copper migration|
||Alloy compositions containing 3-11% tantalum offer resistance to corrosion by hot gases, allow higher operating temperatures and thus efficiency and fuel economy|
||An alloy containing 6% tantalum has shape memory properties|
||Balance of density and formability allow for a lighter and more efficient system|
Capacitor grade tantalum powder provides about 25% of the market use of all tantalum shipments. Additional quantities related to capacitors are consumed by tantalum wire for the anode lead as well as for sintering tray assemblies and shielding components for the anode sintering furnaces.
Other non-capacitor uses in electronics create demand for tantalum mill products for sputtering targets and tantalum chemicals for audio and video components.