The agency of the United States Department of Defense which is responsible for funding the development of many technologies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has handed over a contract to IBM for creating a microchip that will self-destruct remotely.
This target will be achieved by using a fuse or a reactive metal layer initiate shattering when ‘glass substrate’ receives an external Radio Frequency (RF) signal. Once broken, the material would render the device’s silicon chip into dust.
“IBM plans is to utilize the property of strained glass substrates to shatter as the driving force to reduce attached CMOS chips into Si and SiO2 powder. A trigger, such as a fuse or a reactive metal layer will be used to initiate shattering, in at least one location, on the glass substrate. An external RF signal will be required for this process to be initiated. IBM will explore various schemes to enhance glass shattering and techniques to transfer this into the attached Si CMOS devices.”
IBM has awarded £3.4 million to design a CMOS microchip that can be turned into silicon dust remotely. I Hope the new destruction technology would stay within the military infrastructure, and not extend their reach to devices like Smartphones and Personal Computers.