- 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.
This chip will self-destruct in 10... 9... 8...
9. 14. 15 by Kif Leswing