Xerox Engineers Have Created A Self-Destructing Chip
More and more often we come across new inventions that merely a few years ago we knew only from sci-fi and spy movies.
This is especially true when we hear about something that has the word “self-destructing” in it. However, once again, this is no longer imagination, but pure and simple reality, so hold on to your chair.
Xerox PARC have developed a self-destructing chip. That’s right. The small thing will blow up into smithereens when triggered by a laser, a radio signal or a manual switch. Potentially, these self-destructing chips can be used to store sensitive data, encryption codes or even your old selfies.
How can this be possible?
As part of DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources project, Xerox engineers have worked on creating this unique piece of technology using Gorilla Glass (instead of plastic or metal). Most of us are familiar with Gorilla Glass as the material often used in smartphone screen protectors. However, it’s not exactly the same glass you see covering your screen. It has been tempered with using ion-exchange. The modified version has built-in stress and will easily shatter and disintegrate when triggered.
The new chip was demonstrated at DAPRA’s Wait, What? event in St. Louis last week. In the exciting demonstration on Thursday, the glass was triggered by heat, causing it to explode into tiny pieces. After breaking, the stress still remained in the smaller particles and they kept disintegrating for several seconds later.
Once again, there are various opportunities associated with the technology, as it provides the most reliable protection available to date for information, that has fallen into the wrong hands.