There are few things nowadays that haven't been impacted by the computer chip. Chances are good that if you look in any direction, you're bound to spot something that has a computer chip under its hood. It could be said that these chips are just not that exciting anymore - that we need a good spicing-up of things. With its PARC, Xerox has got us covered.
PARC was created by Xerox as part of DARPA's vanishing programmable resources project and could provide a seriously secure way for companies to create a sensitive chip that can be easily destroyed if need be. It looks cool, with its Gorilla Glass frame and sketched IC design, but that's just a perk.
These chips are built to have some enormous stress in them from the get-go, accomplished through an ion-exchange temper. Once enough heat affects the glass, it shatters into a countless number of pieces. Even after the initial shatter, the smaller pieces can continue to shatter as well - the amount of stress seems to be intense.
We're not likely to see these kinds of chips used for advanced applications, but they could prove a boon for security. Imagine having a device that looks like a flash drive packing one of these chips, and after using it to gain access to something, you push a button to let it heat up to the point of explosion.
Do yourself a favor and watch the video here, because the shattering is really cool to see (especially with slow motion in the second-half of the video).