Word Write

PFM can be written one word at a time to a pre-erased memory location. Refer to the “Word Modify” section for more information on writing to a prewritten memory location.

A single word is written by setting the NVMADR to the target address and loading NVMDAT with the desired word. The word is then transferred to PFM by setting the NVMCMD bits to ‘b011 then executing the unlock sequence and setting the GO bit.

The sequence of events for programming single word to a pre-erased location of PFM is:

  1. 1.Set the NVMADR registers to the target address.
  2. 2.Load the NVMDAT with desired word.
  3. 3.Set the NVMCMD control bits to ‘b011 (Word Write).
  4. 4.Disable all interrupts.
  5. 5.Perform the unlock sequence as described in the Unlock Sequence section.
  6. 6.Set the GO bit to start the PFM word write.
  7. 7.Monitor the GO bit or NVMIF interrupt flag to determine when the write has completed.
  8. 8.Interrupts can be enabled after the GO bit is clear.
  9. 9.Set the NVMCMD control bits to ‘b000.

Writing a Word of Program Flash Memory in C

// Code sequence to program one word to a pre-erased location in PFM
// PFM target address is specified by WORD_ADDR
// Target data is specified by WordValue

// Save interrupt enable bit value
uint8_t GIEBitValue = INTCON0bits.GIE;

// Load NVMADR with the target address of the word
NVMADR = WORD_ADDR;              
NVMDAT = WordValue;                // Load NVMDAT with the desired value
NVMCON1bits.CMD = 0x03;            // Set the word write command
INTCON0bits.GIE = 0;               // Disable interrupts
//––––––––– Required Unlock Sequence ––––––––– 
NVMLOCK = 0x55;
NVMCON0bits.GO = 1;                // Start word write
while (NVMCON0bits.GO);            // Wait for the write operation to complete
// Verify word write operation success and call the recovery function if needed
if (NVMCON1bits.WRERR){            

INTCON0bits.GIE = GIEBitValue;     // Restore interrupt enable bit value
NVMCON1bits.CMD = 0x00;            // Disable writes to memory