Robots & Machines

This chip will self-destruct in 10… 9… 8…

Kif LeswingSeptember 14th 2015
  • Although chips themselves — sophisticated electronics — are inexpensive, there’s an issue on the battlefield where it’s difficult to track and recover every device, potentially leading to important technology or data falling into enemy hands.
  • The chip is printed on a glass substrate which is then brought to its breaking point by heat. The team was able to switch a circuit on, and when a resistor got hot enough, the glass shattered into thousands of pieces.
  • The self-destructing chip could be used to store encryption keys. So instead of wiping a hard drive, you could merely destroy the chip remotely and render the data useless.

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