The MIFARE® Ultralight family currently consists of three family members which provide system integrators with maximum flexibility for complete system solutions including but not limited to time-based, zone-based or multiple-ride tickets as well as single use tickets. Integrators benefit from the non-reloadable limited-use tickets through the appropriate use of its One-Time-Programmable (OTP) memory area in combination with the ISO Unique Identifier (UID) on a secure infrastructure.

NXP® MIFARE Ultralight® based tickets are ideal for low-cost, high-volume applications such as public transport, loyalty cards and event ticketing, serving as the perfect contactless replacement for magnetic stripe or barcode, addressing the trend of switching entire systems to purely contactless solutions. The introduction of the contactless MIFARE Ultralight ICs for limited-use applications leads to reduced system installation and maintenance costs. MIFARE Ultralight products can easily be integrated into existing schemes and even standard paper ticket vending equipment can be easily upgraded.

MIFARE Ultralight C

MIFARE Ultralight C uses the 3DES cryptographic standard for chip authentication and data access. Tickets, vouchers or tags based on NXP MIFARE Ultralight C can act as single trip mass transit tickets, event tickets or as low cost loyalty cards. It offers an extended user memory compared to MIFARE Ultralight EV1 and a range of additional security features previously unavailable on low cost contactless ICs. Existing MIFARE Ultralight C solutions benefit from the same authentication commands as being used for MIFARE DESFire® EV1. Further, MIFARE Ultralight C is compliant to NFC Tag type 2.

MIFARE Ultralight EV1

MIFARE Ultralight EV1 is the next generation of smartcard ICs for paper ticketing in limited-use applications. Its enhanced feature and command set enables more efficient implementations, offers more flexibility in designing systems and contributes to more reliable system operations. Easy integration into existing infrastructures is accomplished through the compatibility with all MIFARE-based systems. NXP’s integrated “originality check” feature provides effective protection against cloning and helps to prevent the use of counterfeit tickets.

The mechanical and electrical specifications of MIFARE Ultralight EV1 are tailored to meet the requirements of inlay and paper ticket manufacturers. The IC is available in 2 memory options: 48 Bytes and 128 Bytes.

MIFARE Ultralight Nano

MIFARE Ultralight Nano is the latest generation of smart paper ticketing ICs within the MIFARE Ultralight family. The innovative contactless technology is designed for single-use applications and dedicated to replace mag stripe, barcode/QR-code and standard printed paper tickets. The programmable user memory ensures sufficient flexibility. Furthermore, NXP’s ECC-programmable customer specific originality signature offers a unique possibility for differentiation. NXP’s MIFARE Ultralight Nano opens the door for a smooth, cost efficient migration from single-use paper tickets used in public transport or event ticketing to contactless chip card technology.

MIFARE Ultralight Nano complies with the international standard ISO14443 type A and therefore can be smoothly integrated into existing contactless schemes. Standard paper ticket vending equipment can also be upgraded to enable contactless smart paper tickets.


  • Fully compliant with the international standard ISO/IEC 14443A
  • Data transfer of 106 Kbit/s
  • True anti-collision
  • Field programmable ‘Read only’ locking function per page
  • Up to 100.000 single write operations
  • Future-proof evolution path and roadmap – standard interface ensures that today's infrastructure can easily be upgraded for future card ICs
  • Consistent product portfolio and multiple sourcing at all levels of the value chain

Target Applications

  • Limited use tickets in public transport
  • Event ticketing (stadiums, exhibitions, leisure parks)
  • Closed-loop micropayment
  • Loyalty programs
  • Access control