NFC Chips - Main Differences

  

Different chip types have different sizes and memory configurations, which in turn affects the amount of information that can be stored in each of them, as well as other important factors.

In the following table you will find the main technical differences among the most popular chips in our store. Learn how to choose the most suitable for your projects:

  

 

NTAG®213

 NTAG®215

NTAG®216

MIFARE Ultralight® EV1

MIFARE® Classic 1K

Description

The NTAG213 is the base NTAG chip and the most popular. With excellent readability, it is ideal for starting your NFC projects.

The "intermediate" chip. Good memory, but limited availability compared to NTAG216.

The NTAG216 chip is a chip with greater storage capacity, making it suitable for more memory-intensive uses.

The Mifare Ultralight EV1 chip is ideal for including short URLs on products like wristbands and key rings at a reduced cost. It is also used for ticketing purposes.

Ideal for use on public transport ticketing, loyalty cards, ticketing in events, among others. Not recommended for general NFC use on mobile phones.

Memory1
(bytes)

180

 540

924

64

1024

User Memory2
(bytes)

144

 504

888

48

716

Max URL length 3
(characters)

132

 492

854

41

256

Max text length 4
(characters)

130

490

852

39

709

Universal Comp. 5

Yes

 Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ScanStrength 6

Very High

 High

High

High

Average

NFC Forum
Compliant 7

Yes

 Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Cryptography 8

No

 No

No

No

Yes

  1. Memory Size: the total memory contained in the chip.
  2. User Memory: the memory available for storing data.
  3. URL Length: the maximum number of characters that can be written as a URL on the chip, excluding the http://www
  4. Text Length: The maximum number of characters that can be written as text on the chip.
  5. Universal Compatibility: can be used with all current smartphones that have NFC (excluding the case of iPhones prior to the iPhone 7, whose NFC chip is only for use with Apple Pay; newer iPhones can work with NFC tags, provided they have iOS11 or higher installed).
  6. ScanStrength: indication of the relative scanning distances of the chips.
  7. NFC Forum Compliant: compatible with NFC Forum specifications.
  8. Cryptography: a security feature on the chip that prevents cloning and unauthorized access to data. This is an advanced function that requires specialized knowledge and is rarely required under regular use

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