I know that nowadays tantalum is very common in computer components, specifically capacitors, due to its desirable electrical properties. I'm curious when it was first used specifically in the context of computing, and for what purpose.
Bonus: did the computer spur the use of tantalum (that is, was tantalum useless before computers took off) or were computer engineers looking for something that had desirable properties and found that tantalum, being used elsewhere, would do the job?
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Some research I've done tells me that Bell Labs required a new type of capacitor for their new transistor, but it was Sprague Electric who made them into something commercially viable somewhere around 1956. However, I don't know when the merger of the tantalum cap and the computer happened, which is what I'm looking for.