MIFARE® is the trademark for a series of RFID-chips with frequency 13,56 MHz owned and produced by the company NXP Semiconductors headquartered in Eindhoven, Holland.
MIFARE® supports a wide range of applications and is widely used in key fobs, contactless smart cards and proximity cards. These are also sometimes referred to as NFC units.
According to the manufacturer, NXP, over 12 billion MIFARE® chips have been sold as well as billions of readers worldwide.
The MIFARE® technology is available in several variants or product families under the names MIFARE Classic®, MIFARE Ultralight®, MIFARE® Plus and MIFARE® DESFire®, among others.
MIFARE Classic® is the first, lightest and most widespread MIFARE® chip, which was introduced back in 1994. Today, they’re still used in a variety of applications worldwide.
MIFARE Classic® is fully compliant with ISO/IEC 14443 Type-A; available with 1 kB and 4 kB memory and 7 bytes or 4-byte identifiers
MIFARE Ultralight®, which was introduced by NXP in 2001, is designed for single-use tickets, replacing magstripe, barcode, and QR-code infrastructures.
MIFARE® Plus is a further development of MIFARE Classic®, which NXP introduced in 2008 with 128-bit AES encryption for higher security levels.
MIFARE® DESFire®, which was introduced by NXP in 2002, is NXP’s most secure RFID-technology on the market that allows for secure data storage with unbreakable 3DES encryption standard and 128-bit AES encryption. This means that hacking and copying is not possible.
The MIFARE® DESFire® product family includes MIFARE® DESFire® EV1 and MIFARE® DESFire® EV2. Ideally, MIFARE® DESFire® products are suited for solution developers and system operators for building reliable and scalable contactless smarts card solutions.
MIFARE® DESFire® products have high capacity, which enable multiapplication smart card solutions for loyalty, access control, identity, micropayment applications and transport schemes.
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