Non-Energetics-Based Self-Destruct Mechanisms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0359
Award Id:
78754
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-A12-2155
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
QORTEK, INC. (Currently QorTek Inc)
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205, Williamsport, PA, 17701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028856420
Principal Investigator:
Gareth Knowles
Principal Investigator
(570) 322-2700
gknowles@qortek.com
Business Contact:
Cathy Brooke
Contracts Administrator
(570) 322-2700
cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The new technological approach provides ability to implement physical destruction of semiconductor devices with an inexpensive and completely silent method that is non-energetic. The approach promises to be synergistic with AT applications at the microelectronics die and wafer level and appears to be compatible with standard fabrication tools either as a standard step during manufacture or possibly as a later security add-on. It will be virtually impossible to detect. Even if an adversary were successful in bypassing security systems and gained access to the security sensitive electronics device(s), the adversary will not be aware that the device has silently undergone a complete physical destruction mode. Even if an adversary were somehow to gain prior knowledge that that the anti-tamper security had been installed, there is not a thing that the adversary can do to prevent (selectable) annihilation of the chip to the point where it would be inordinately difficult, even with layer by layer scan (ION beam), impedance or removal techniques to recover any useful on either microelectronics design or stored data.

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