Why IoT and big data depend on fine powders

H.C. Starck Tantalum & Niobium changes name to TANIOBIS

Sixty years of experience, now with a fresh and modern look and feel: As of July 1, 2020, H.C. Starck Tantalum & Niobium is operating under the TANIOBIS brand name. With high-quality materials, powders, and alloys based on tantalum and niobium, TANIOBIS forms the basis for many products we encounter in everyday life. The company supports global megatrends in areas including the Internet of Things, big data, smart cities, and connectivity, where current developments are heavily dependent on tantalum and niobium.


TANIOBIS has rebranded as of July 1. The company now has a fresh look, but its skill and ability at producing materials based on tantalum (Ta) and niobium (Nb) are founded on six decades of in-depth expertise. TANIOBIS uses these rare ores and refractory metals to produce high-performance powders on an individual basis for customers. These materials are vitally important to our day-to-day lives, as shown by the range of applications and industries TANIOBIS serves: The company develops solutions, powders, and alloys for the automotive, energy, aviation, and electronics sectors, the chemical industry, and the medical technology industry. Electric mobility is another important field of application.

Ta & Nb make the Internet of Things possible

One field where tantalum and niobium make an especially important contribution is the broad area of the Internet of Things (IoT). Faster, smaller, more connected, more efficient: That’s what people want today. From connected cars and mobile devices to managing big data, tantalum and niobium ultimately make the Internet of Things possible in the first place. After all, data need to be transported, processed, and stored, and all of these processes call for the specific properties of tantalum. For data communication, for example, the goal is to filter and set transmission frequencies on an exact basis. This takes place via surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters based on niobium oxide and tantalum oxide. For processing data using high-performance processors, an ultrathin layer containing tantalum ensures ongoing disruption-free operation.

TANIOBIS also processes tantalum for what are known as tantalum electrolytic capacitors. These items are essential to advanced microelectronics, as they have extremely high energy density. This makes it possible to design ultra-small components with high conductivity, which is important in the IoT segment in particular. That makes them interesting for the connected driving and connected cars segment as well. Capacitor powders form the basis for mobile and security-related applications in connected (“smart”) cars.

Without tantalum, big data shrinks

In the IoT context, a thin layer based on tantalum is essential when it comes to making copper an option as a conductor material for high-speed processors. Without this layer, Cu ions would destroy the processors’ semiconducting properties. The tantalum layers are not only necessary for logical data chips; they are also needed for storage chips such as flash memory and SSDs. These advantages are also critical when it comes to big data, a topic that is very much on people’s minds these days, since the rapid rise of global wireless data access has made high-speed data processing even more crucial. It also takes on special importance in light of the growing trend toward assisted driving and even autonomous driving.

Additive manufacturing is another important area of application for powders from TANIOBIS. The company is a leader in the development of biocompatible alloys for the production of patient-specific implants made using 3D printing. The TANIOBIS development known as AMtrinsic is of particular interest in this context. This prealloyed high-performance powders were developed specifically for additive manufacturing. Thanks to the unique intrinsic properties of tantalum and niobium, such as high melting points, high resistance to corrosion, outstanding resistance to chemicals, and high thermal and electrical conductivity, tantalum and niobium and alloys containing these elements are suitable for a wide range of high-tech applications in fields such as the chemical industry, the energy segment, in superconductors and in high-temperature environments.


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From connected cars and mobile devices to managing big data, tantalum and niobium ultimately make the Internet of Things possible in the first place.


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Additive manufacturing is another important area of application for powders from TANIOBIS.


About TANIOBIS GmbH

TANIOBIS GmbH headquartered in Goslar, is a leading global producer with over 60 years of experience processing high-quality materials based on tantalum and niobium. In addition to the Goslar site, the company has branches in Laufenburg (Germany), Tokyo and Mito (Japan), Map Ta Phut (Thailand), and Needham, Massachusetts (U.S.A.). The company produces solutions for a wide range of different applications, including for customers from the automotive, energy, aviation, electronics, chemicals, and medical technology industries. TANIOBIS also offers state-of-the-art alloys. Tantalum and niobium play an increasingly important role in new fields of technology as well, including additive manufacturing. Their high biocompatibility, resistance to corrosion and oxidation, and excellent mechanical properties make them an outstanding fit for 3D-printed implants or components in the aerospace industry. For more information, please visit www.taniobis.com.


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