NFC readers are the active components in any NFC transaction. They can read and write cards and tags, interact with NFC phones and enable a communication from device to device. NXP has the broadest portfolio of high-performance NFC readers, fully supporting the MIFARE® technology.

Depending on your system architecture, choose from one of these three reader types:

  • Programmable NFC Controller: These highly integrated devices combine an NFC frontend with a freely programmable 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller. They are the optimal solution for very compact footprints and function as your main system microcontroller.
  • NFC controller with integrated firmware: These plug-and-play solutions combine an NFC frontend with a 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller equipped with integrated firmware, and are optimized for use with application processors. They come with Linux, Android, and WinIoT drivers, and include an NCI interface.
  • NFC Frontend: These NFC devices are the most flexible way to add NFC connectivity to a system. The NFC stack runs on the separate system MCU. All our NFC frontends are supported by our NFC Reader Library, so design-in is fast and easy.
Recommended NFC Reader ICs
Part Number NFC Modes Protocols* Output Power LPCD* performance Contact Reader ISO7816 RF transmitter supply voltage Temp range Integrated MCU
PN7462AU
Programmable NFC microcontroller
Full NFC A, B, F, V, I 1.3 W ++ 3 to 5.5 V -40 to +85°C Cortex-M0 160 kB
PN7362AU
Programmable NFC microcontroller
Full NFC A, B, F, V, I 1.3 W ++ - 3 to 5.5 V -40 to +85°C Cortex-M0 160 kB
PN7360AU
Programmable NFC microcontroller
Full NFC A, B, F, V, I 1.3 W ++ - 3 to 5.5 V -40 to +85°C Cortex-M0 80 kB

PN7150
NFC controller with integrated FW*
Full NFC A, B, F, V 0.9 W ++ - 2.7 to 4.75 V -30 to +85°C Cortex-M0 fixed FW
PN7120
NFC controller with integrated FW*
Full NFC A, B, F, V 0.5 W ++ - 3.1 V -30 to +85°C Cortex-M0 fixed FW

PN5180
High-perf full NFC frontend
Full NFC A, B, F, V, I 1.3 W ++ - 2.7 to 5.5 V -30 to +85°C -
CLRC663 plus
High-perf multi-protocol reader frontend
Reader/Writer A, B, F, V, I 1.9 W +++ - 2.5 to 5.5 V -40 to +105°C -
MFRC630
High-perf MIFARE/NTAG reader frontend
Reader/Writer A 1.3 W + - 3 to 5.5 V -25 to +85°C -
SLRC610
High-perf ICODE reader frontend
Reader/Writer V, I 1.3 W + - 3 to 5.5 V -25 to +85°C -

*Protocols: A: ISO/IEC 14443A; B: ISO/IEC 14443B; F: FeliCa; V: ISO/IEC 15693 (Vicinity); I: ISO/IEC 18000-3M3 (ICODE ILT)
LPCD: Low Power Card Detection
FW: Firmware

NFC Everywhere

NFC Everywhere

Controller, frontend and connected-tag solutions for the next generation of NFC applications.