Designed for single-application use cases, MIFARE DESFire Light is an easy-to-integrate, cost-effective, and secure way to deploy efficient and convenient contactless transactions in a range of services. With its up-scalability to MIFARE DESFire EV2 and availability on mobile devices, it opens the door to the Internet of Services.

Its pre-defined file system and total available memory of 640 Bytes make it an excellent choice for single-application designs in a wide variety of use cases. Applications using MIFARE DESFire Light further benefit from the scalability to other form factors. Systems based on MIFARE DESFire Light are prepared for implementation on banking cards, mobile devices, and wearables, so operators can extend their services to support the growing end-user trend of Bring Your Own Device.

MIFARE DESFire Light can also be configured as an  NFC Forum NFC Type Tag 4, so it’s ready to use with the broadest range of mobile devices equipped with contactless reading capabilities.

Simplify the deployment of trusted contactless services


Designed for limited- and extended-use applications, MIFARE DESFire Light includes the appropriate protection mechanisms to power trusted services. Depending on the use case, up to five AES 128-bit keys can be used to manage access rights, while the secure messaging option enhances the protection of both data and privacy. All of the chip’s hardware and software security features have been externally reviewed, tested, and certified according to Common Criteria EAL4.

Key applications

  • Leisure and entertainment
  • Closed-loop micropayments
  • Loyalty programs
  • Public transportation
  • Access management, e.g. smart home

MIFARE DESFire Light leaflet

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