• Not Recommended for New Designs
  • Not recommended for new designs. For new designs please use replacement product MIFARE DESFire Light.

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RF interface: ISO/IEC 14443 Type A

  • Contactless transmission of data and powered by the RF-field (no battery needed)
  • Operating frequency: 13.56 MHz
  • Operating distance: up to 100 mm (depending on power provided by the PCD and antenna geometry)
  • Fast data transfer: 106 kbit/s, 212 kbit/s, 424 kbit/s, 848 kbit/s
  • High data integrity: 16/32 bit CRC, parity, bit coding, bit counting
  • True deterministic anti-collision
  • 7 bytes unique identifier (cascade level 2 according to ISO/IEC 14443-3 and option for random ID)
  • Uses ISO/IEC 14443-4 protocol

ISO/IEC 7816 compatibility

  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-3 APDU message structure
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘A4’ for SELECT FILE
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘B0’ for READ BINARY
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘D6’ for UPDATE BINARY
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘B2’ for READ RECORDS
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘E2’ for APPEND RECORD
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘84’ for GET CHALLENGE
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘88’ for INTERNAL AUTHENTICATE
  • Supports ISO/IEC 7816-4 INS code ‘82’ for EXTERNAL AUTHENTICATE

Nonvolatile memory

  • 256 bytes application memory
  • Data retention of 10 years
  • Write endurance typical 500 000 cycles

NV-memory organization

  • Flexible file system
  • Number of applications and files per application depending on available memory
  • File types supported: standard data file, back up data file, value file, linear record file, and cyclic record file
  • File size is determined during creation


  • Based on the same Common Criteria EAL4+ certified MIFARE DESFire EV1 platform
  • Unique 7 bytes serial number for each device
  • Optional “RANDOM” ID for enhance security and privacy
  • Mutual three-pass authentication
  • Mutual authentication according to ISO/IEC 7816-4
  • 1 card leader key and up to 14 keys per application
  • Hardware DES using 56/112/168 bit keys featuring key version, data authenticity by 8 byte CMAC
  • Hardware AES using 128-bit keys featuring key version, data authenticity by 8 byte CMAC
  • Data encryption on RF-channel
  • Authentication on application level
  • Hardware exception sensors
  • Self-securing file system
  • Backward compatibility to MF3ICD40: 4 byte MAC, CRC 16

Special features

  • Transaction-oriented automatic anti-tear mechanism
  • Configurable ATS information for card personalization
  • Backward compatibility mode to MF3ICD40
  • Optional high input capacitance (70 pF) for small form factor design (MF3ICDHQ1)

Target Applications

  • Public transport ticketing: Account based or Single Journey ticketing
  • High secure access management
  • Hospitality
  • Event ticketing
  • Loyalty
  • Gift cards
  • Smart Visitor Badges (SVB)


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