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How to Use the Nec Pg Fp4 Software to Program Flash Memory on Renesas MCUs


How to Use the Nec Pg Fp4 Software to Program Flash Memory on Renesas MCUs




The Nec Pg Fp4 Software is a tool that allows you to erase, program, and verify programs on Renesas microcontrollers (MCUs) with on-chip flash memory. The software can be used with the PG-FP4 flash memory programmer device, which connects to your PC via USB and to your target system via a dedicated cable. In this article, we will show you how to download, install, and use the Nec Pg Fp4 Software to program flash memory on Renesas MCUs.




Nec Pg Fp4 Software Download



Downloading and Installing the Nec Pg Fp4 Software




The Nec Pg Fp4 Software can be downloaded from the NEC website[^1^]. You will need to register and agree to the terms and conditions before downloading. The software is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. The download file is a zip archive that contains the setup program and the user manual. To install the software, follow these steps:


  • Extract the zip archive to a folder on your PC.



  • Run the setup program and follow the instructions on the screen.



  • When prompted, connect the PG-FP4 device to your PC via USB and wait for the driver installation to complete.



  • Restart your PC if required.



After installing the software, you can find the user manual in PDF format in the installation folder. The user manual contains detailed information on how to use the software and the PG-FP4 device.


Using the Nec Pg Fp4 Software to Program Flash Memory on Renesas MCUs




To use the Nec Pg Fp4 Software to program flash memory on Renesas MCUs, you will need to connect the PG-FP4 device to your target system via a dedicated cable. The cable type and pin configuration depend on the MCU model and package. You can find the target system interface circuits for various MCUs in Chapter 9 of the user manual[^2^]. You will also need to provide power supply and ground connections to your target system.


Once you have connected the PG-FP4 device to your target system, you can launch the Nec Pg Fp4 Software from the Start menu or from the desktop shortcut. The software has a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows you to perform various operations on flash memory. The main window of the software consists of four parts:


  • The menu bar, which contains commands for file operations, settings, help, etc.



  • The toolbar, which contains buttons for common operations such as erase, program, verify, etc.



  • The status bar, which displays messages and information about the operation progress and results.



  • The main area, which displays tabs for different functions such as device selection, data file selection, programming options, etc.



To program flash memory on Renesas MCUs using the Nec Pg Fp4 Software, you will need to follow these steps:


  • Select your MCU model and package from the Device tab. You can also use the auto-detect function to let the software identify your MCU automatically.



  • Select your data file from the Data File tab. You can choose a binary file (.bin), a hexadecimal file (.hex), or a Motorola S-record file (.srec). You can also specify an offset address if needed.



  • Select your programming options from the Option tab. You can choose whether to erase before programming, verify after programming, protect certain areas of flash memory from writing or erasing, etc.



  • Click on the Program button on the toolbar or select Program from the Operation menu. The software will start erasing, programming, and verifying flash memory according to your settings. You can monitor the operation progress and results on the status bar and in a pop-up window.



  • When the operation is completed successfully, you can disconnect the PG-FP4 device from your target system and run your program on your MCU.



The Nec Pg Fp4 Software also allows you to perform other operations on flash memory such as reading, blank checking, checksum calculation, etc. You can find more information on e0e6b7cb5c


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