FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) is an integrated circuit FPGA devices are produced by a number of semiconductor basic modes of programming: Antifuse-based FPGAs are different from the previous ones in that they can be. That is where the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) become of interest! They are hardware The antifuse programming technology is the simplest one. ❖The Programming technology. ❖The basic logic cells. ❖The I/O logic cells. ❖ Programmable interconnect. ❖Software to design and program the FPGA.

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The p-n junction that serves as such diode is overloaded with a current spike and overheated. The antifuse is usually triggered using an approximately 5 mA current.

As the number of bonding pads is limited for a given progra,ming of the chip, various multiplexing strategies are used for larger number of antifuses. Unlike Christmas lights, the circuit usually contained an automatic device to regulate the electric current flowing in the circuit, preventing the current from rising as additional lamps burned out.

This rapidly causes the antifuse to short out the blown bulb, allowing the series circuit to resume functioning, albeit with a larger proportion of the mains voltage now applied to programjing of the remaining lamps. Zener diodes can be used as antifuses. Also circuits built via the antifuse’s permanent conductive paths may be faster than similar circuits implemented in PLDs using SRAM technology. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Zener zap is frequently employed in mixed-signal circuits for trimming values of analog components. Ordinarily for operation from mains voltagesthe lamps are wired in series. Retrieved from ” https: A standard NPN transistor structure is programmijg used in common bipolar processes as the antifuse.


The spike is formed on and antifse below the silicon surface, just below the passivation layer without damaging it. With a poly-diffusion antifuse, the high current density creates heatwhich melts a thin insulating layer between polysilicon and diffusion electrodes, creating a permanent resistive silicon link. The conductive shunt therefore does not compromise integrity and reliability of the semiconductor device. In this way, the failed lamp was bypassed and illumination restored to the rest of the street.

One approach for the ICs that use antifuse technology employs a thin barrier of non-conducting amorphous silicon between two metal conductors. In a similar fashion to that of Christmas tree lights, before the advent of high-intensity fpfas lampsstreet light circuits protramming incandescent light bulbs were often operated as high-voltage series circuits. When a sufficiently high voltage is applied across the amorphous silicon it is turned into a antiduse silicon-metal alloy with a low resistancewhich is conductive.

Antifuses are widely used to permanently program integrated circuits ICs. Each bit contains both a fuse and an antifuse and is programmed by triggering one of the anitfuse.

FPGAs in computer

Because the series string would be rendered inoperable by a single lamp failing, each bulb has an antifuse programning within it. By this approach, it is possible only to lower the value of the resulting resistor. The insulation of the antifuse wire withstands the ordinary low voltage imposed across a functioning lamp but rapidly breaks down under the full mains voltage, giving the antifuse action. The terminals of the antifuses are usually accessible as bonding pads and the trimming process is performed before wire-bonding and encapsulating the chip.

Antifuse – Wikipedia

Formation of the conductive channel is performed by a dielectric breakdown forced by a high voltage pulse. Certain programmable logic devices PLDssuch as structured ASICsuse antifuse technology to configure logic circuits and create a customized design from a standard IC design. When the failed lamp was finally changed, a new piece of film was also installed, once again separating the electrical contacts in the cutout.


Amorphous silicon is a material usually not used in either bipolar or CMOS processes and requires an additional manufacturing step.

Antifuses are best known for their use in mini-light or miniature style low-voltage Christmas tree lights. This programming, performed after manufacturing, is permanent and irreversible. It is therefore ajtifuse to shift the manufacturing tolerances so that the lowest-value typically made is equal to or larger than the desired value.

They are historically used especially with bipolar processes, where the thin oxide needed for dielectric antifuses is not available.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Often a special bulb with no antifuse and often a slightly different rating so it blows first as the voltage gets too high known as a “fuse bulb” is incorporated into the string of lights to protect against the possibility of severe overcurrent if too many bulbs fail.

An antifuse is an electrical device that performs the opposite function to a fuse. This technology has many applications.

Occasionally, the insulation fails to break down on its own, but tapping the blown lamp will usually finish the job. For example a precision resistor can be manufactured by forming several series fpas with Zeners in parallel oriented to be nonconductive during normal operation of the device and then shorting selected Zeners to shunt the unwanted resistors. When the bulb blows, the entire mains voltage is applied across the single blown lamp.