RF interface: ISO/IEC 14443 Type A:
-Contactless transmission of data and powered by the RF-field (no battery needed)
-Operating distance: up to 100 mm (depending on power provided by the PCD and antenna geometry)
-Operating frequency: 13.56 MHz
-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 anticollision
-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

Non-volatile memory:
-2 kB or 4 kB or 8 kB NV-Memory
-Data retention of 10 years
-Write endurance typcial 500 000 cycles

NV-memory organization:
-Flexible file system
-Up to 28 applications simultaneously on one PICC
-Up to 32 files in each application (standard data file, back-up data file, value file, linear record file and cyclic record file)

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announced a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP’s MIFARE™ technology, enabling Gemalto to integrate MIFARE into its UICC cards. This cooperation aims at spurring the usage of NFC mobile devices in the MIFARE infrastructure, therefore accelerating worldwide deployments of mobile contactless services. 

The agreement enables Gemalto to complement its existing NFC application portfolio with MIFARE DESFire™ and MIFARE Plus™ technology for its UICC security solutions. As a result, mobile operators and service providers will be able to offer a broad range of mobile contactless services thanks to the widened availability of UICC cards incorporating MIFARE. This is the most widespread contactless technology worldwide and provides high levels of performance, flexibility and security in public transportation, access management, event ticketing and customer loyalty programs. 

“MIFARE is already at the heart of contactless infrastructures around the world,” said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “We are proud to collaborate with Gemalto to offer the convenience of this technology to a new target of 5 billion mobile phone users.”

“Adding the MIFARE capability to Gemalto’s NFC application portfolio is key for the mass deployment of mobile contactless,” added Rémi de Fouchier, senior vice president, Trusted Services Management, Gemalto. “We are enthused that more and more consumers around the world will enjoy the simplicity and convenience of waving their mobile phone for couponing and stored value payment and transport services.” 

This expansion of the MIFARE licensing program further underscores the leadership of this technology as an open architecture platform for end-to-end solutions in both smart cards and smart devices such as mobile phones. In addition to this latest license for SIM cards, NXP has licensed MIFARE technology to various chip manufacturers, while hundreds of manufacturers supply MIFARE reader terminals and smart cards. 

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, with research and service centers in 41 countries. 

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure. 

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. Moreover Gemalto delivers on emerging applications related to the ‘Internet of things’ by supplying wireless modules and machine identification modules (MIM) for machine-to-machine communication. To complete these solutions we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals. 

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.