DARPA looks to create self destructing electronics

DARPA has embarked on a project to create self destructing electronics, or transient electronics, that are capable of dissolving into the environment around them.

The aim is to develop conventional electronic components using off the shelf parts, but with a self destruct capability that will cause them to dissolve on command. "The commercial, off the shelf electronics made for everyday purchases are durable and last nearly forever," said Alicia Jackson, DARPA's programme manager. "DARPA is looking for a way to make electronics that last precisely as long as they are needed. "The breakdown of such devices could be triggered by a signal sent from command or any number of possible environmental conditions, such as temperature." DARPA is now seeking industrial partners to help develop the technology further.