MIFARE SmartCard IC's

MIFARE includes the broadest product portfolio tailored for more than 40 different applications. It includes ICs for limited-use paper tickets as well as microcontrollers for dual interface smart cards with PKI crypto engines capable of hosting multiple applications. The leading product families available for smart card solutions are MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, MIFARE DESFire and SmartMX. You can find an overview of all MIFARE card and ticket ICs as well as the whole identification portfolio here.


The MIFARE Plus offers breakthrough security and performance for the cost-sensitive automated fare collection (AFC) and access control markets. MIFARE Plus is the latest addition to NXP's MIFARE portfolio and features multiple levels of security, including Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, and a migration path from existing MIFARE Classic implementations.


MIFARE DESFire EV1 is ideal for service providers wanting to use multi-application smart cards in transport schemes, e-government or identity applications. It fully complies with the requirements for fast and highly secure data transmission, flexible memory organization and interoperability with existing infrastructure.


The SmartMX platform manufactured in most advanced CMOS 0.14 um 5 metal layer technology is positioned to service high volume, mono- and multi-application markets such as e-Government, banking/finance, mobile communications, public transportation, pay TV, conditional access, and network access.

MIFARE Classic

Launched in 1994, the MIFARE Classic 1K IC was the first product, which could be fitted into an ISO contactless smart card and with its slim coil, allowed very high volume production. Today, millions of MIFARE Classic 1K ICs are in use around the globe in all different applications – from public transport, road-tolling and parking meters, to accessing car parks and paying at fuel pumps.

Expanding on the functionality of the existing MIFARE Classic 1K ICs, the MIFARE Classic 4K IC was developed. It provides significant increased memory size making it a suitable solution for multi-application cards. It allows end-users to be more flexible and to experience improved convenience.

Since 2014, the new MIFARE Classic EV1 with improved asset protection, with a strong ESD robustness, a best-in-class RF Performance and the NXP originality signature is available.

MIFARE, MIFARE Ultralight, MIFARE Plus, DESFire and SmartMX are trademarks of NXP Semiconductors N.V.

NXP Originality Checker

Fake MIFARE products, including counterfeit ICs and cloned smartcards, pose a significant risk to everyone involved, from manufacturers and suppliers to retailers and consumers.

Using the latest MIFARE products helps reducing risk even more, since they deliver state-of-the security and support for NXP’s originality Checker.

Using the NXP Originality Checker anyone can verify the authenticity of a card IC, by simply tapping it to a special reader connected to your desktop PC or Android phone.

In order to learn how you can get the NXP Originality Checker, send a mail to originalititychecker@nxp.com.

Products supported include the MIFARE Classic, MIFARE DESFire, MIFARE Plus and MIFARE Ultralight families, as well as NTAG 21x and ICODE SLIX2.