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The chips are used by warfighters in everything from radios, remote sensors and even phones are of very low cost and are pervasive throughout the battlefield. These electronics have become necessary for operations, but it is almost impossible to track and recover every device. At the end of operations, these electronics are often found scattered across the battlefield and might be captured by the enemy and repurposed or studied to compromise strategic technological advantage. Therefore, it is necessary to destroy those devices somehow.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently started the Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program that seeks electronic systems capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner. These transient electronics should have performance comparable to commercial-off-the-shelf electronics, but with limited device persistence that can be programmed, adjusted in real-time, triggered, and/or be sensitive to the deployment environment.

VAPR seeks to enable transient electronics as a deployable technology. To achieve this goal, researchers are pursuing new concepts and capabilities to enable the materials, components, integration, and manufacturing that will realize this new class of electronics.

DARPA has awarded IBM a $3.45 million contract, under which it will explore a basis set of materials, components, integration, and manufacturing capabilities to undergird this new class of electronics.

IBM intends 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 develop various schemes to enhance glass shattering and techniques to transfer this into the attached Si CMOS devices.

Transient electronics may enable a number of revolutionary military capabilities including sensors for conventional indoor/outdoor environments, environmental monitoring over large areas, and simplified diagnosis, treatment, and health monitoring in the field. Large-area distributed networks of sensors that can decompose in the natural environment (ecoresorbable) may provide critical data for a specified duration, but no longer. Alternatively, devices that resorb into the body (bioresorbable) may aid in continuous health monitoring and treatment in the field.

Tags: IBM, Semiconductor, DARPA, VARP


Comments currently: 12
Discussion started: 02/12/14 01:53:07 AM
Latest comment: 02/14/14 09:07:27 AM
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A paranoid chip for paranoid people of paranoid nations, with a paranoid military suffering from paranoia.
0 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/12/14 01:53:07 AM]
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Its for Security Just imagine


If somebody steal your Flash/Thumb Drive. which has so sensitive information there. then a person failed to authenticate the Flash Drive tru password and username.

Flash Drive automatically Destroy its Memory Physically
0 1 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 02/12/14 06:35:33 AM]
Isn't there an App for that? :p
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 02/12/14 11:41:11 PM]

Why in the world would anyone but a moron keep sensitive info on a flash drive
0 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/12/14 06:41:25 AM]
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Ask Snowden.
1 0 [Posted by: DivideOverflow  | Date: 02/12/14 02:02:14 PM]
He took a laptop from the paranoid department. The organisation he worked for is staffed totally by paranoids who are only employed if they suffer from paranoia which seems to affect a large proportion of governments and particularly politicisations of all ilk.
The original comment was sarcastic as some of you fail to grasp. Sarcasm and facetious remarks seem to miss sometimes. This may be because paranoia is becoming common place'
0 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/12/14 06:04:43 PM]

Just to bring things full circle, this research is running parallel to "self healing" circuitry.
1 0 [Posted by: DivideOverflow  | Date: 02/12/14 02:06:21 PM]

Hmm, an external RF signal is required to trigger it.
Yeah, I can see that working.
Bet the enemy hasn't got the tech for that .....
1 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 02/12/14 11:43:16 PM]
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Just hack the signal an bomb to your idea
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/12/14 11:58:57 PM]

so much for that "build self-destructing chips for darpa" thing, fabless wonder! (in all chances they'll probably do just fine developing the tech even without a fab)
0 0 [Posted by: rektide  | Date: 02/13/14 11:41:22 AM]

They are only thinking of this now...
What laughing stock.
0 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 02/14/14 12:03:06 AM]


"DARPA Contracts IBM to Develop Self-Destructing Chips".

Why not just call NVidia?
0 0 [Posted by: Papoulka  | Date: 02/14/14 09:07:27 AM]


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