The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency has awarded IBM a $3.4 million contract to design chips for electronics that can self-destruct when triggered.
DARPA’s project — called “Vanishing Programmable Resources” — calls for development of materials and manufacturing capabilities for this new class of electronics.
“[I]t is nearly impossible to track and recover every device resulting in unintended accumulation in the environment and potential unauthorized use and compromise of all intellectual property and technological advantage,” DARPA said in an Web site post outlining the project.
IBM plans to use radio frequency signals to trigger a glass shattering, according to a government notice about the contract.
DARPA announced the Vanishing Programmable Resources project in January of 2013.