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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Also circuits built via the antifuse’s permanent conductive paths may be faster than similar circuits implemented in PLDs using SRAM technology. When the bulb blows, the entire mains voltage is applied across the single blown lamp. Dielectric antifuses employ a very thin oxide barrier between a progamming of conductors. This programming, performed after manufacturing, is permanent and irreversible.

Zener diodes can be used as antifuses.

The terminals of the antifuses are usually accessible as bonding pads and the trimming process is performed before wire-bonding and encapsulating the chip. Their disadvantage, however, is lower area efficiency compared to other types. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Antifuse – Wikipedia

In this way, the failed lamp was bypassed and illumination restored to the rest of the street. For example a precision resistor can be manufactured by forming several series resistors with Zeners in parallel oriented to be nonconductive during normal operation of the device and then shorting selected Zeners to shunt the unwanted resistors. An antifuse is an electrical device that performs the opposite function to a fuse. Articles needing additional references from Antfuse All articles needing additional references.


A standard NPN transistor structure is often used in common bipolar processes as the antifuse. Each bit contains both a fuse and an antifuse and is programmed by triggering one of the two.

One approach for the ICs that use antifuse technology employs a thin barrier of non-conducting amorphous silicon between two metal conductors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This technology has many applications. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Antifuses are best known for their use in mini-light or miniature style low-voltage Christmas tree lights. The resulting resistance of the junction is in the range of 10 ohms. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Amorphous silicon is a material usually not used in either bipolar or CMOS processes and requires an additional manufacturing step. The larger, traditional, C7 and C9 style lights are wired in parallel and are rated to operate directly at mains voltage.

Unlike Christmas lights, the anhifuse 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 each of the remaining lamps. The spike is formed on and slightly below the silicon surface, just below the passivation layer without damaging it.

Zener zap is frequently employed in mixed-signal circuits for trimming values of analog components. In the same fashion as with the Christmas lights described above, if the lamp failed, the entire voltage of the street lighting circuit thousands of volts was imposed across the insulating film in the cutout, causing it to rupture.


QuickLogic Corporation refers to their antifuses as “ViaLinks” because fpgax fuses create a connection between two crossing layers of wiring on the chip in the same way that a via on a printed circuit board creates a connection between copper layers.

Antifuses are widely used to permanently program proogramming circuits ICs. By this approach, it is possible only to lower the value of the resulting resistor.

FPGAs in computer

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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. They may be less susceptible to alpha particles which can cause circuits to malfunction.

Antifuses may be used in programmable read-only memory PROM. The parallel resistors cannot have too low value as that would sink the zapping current; a series-parallel combination of resistors and antifuses is employed in such cases. The insulation of the antifuse wire withstands the ordinary low voltage imposed across proogramming functioning lamp but rapidly breaks down under the full mains voltage, giving the antifuse action.

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

Retrieved from ” https: In a similar fashion to that of Christmas tree lights, before the advent of high-intensity discharge lampsstreet light circuits using incandescent light bulbs were often operated as high-voltage series circuits.