If a Desktop RFID Reader is Rated as Read-Write 14443A-B, Does This Mean It Is Compatible With Mifare Tags?

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Ask The ExpertsIf a Desktop RFID Reader is Rated as Read-Write 14443A-B, Does This Mean It Is Compatible With Mifare Tags?
RFID Journal Staff asked 4 years ago

Or would they have different standards?

—Ahmed

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Ahmed,

It depends on the reader and the Mifare tags you are using. Mifare is a proprietary air-interface protocol created by NXP Semiconductors, based on the ISO 14442 Type A standard, though it adds some additional security features. There are different types of Mifare chips, including Mifare Classic, Mifare Ultralight C and Mifare DESfire. Mifare Ultralight C is fully compliant with ISO/IEC 14443 Parts 1-3, Type A (including anti-collision), while Mifare DESFire is compliant with ISO 14443-4. So it really depends on which version of the ISO 14443 protocol the reader is using, and which Mifare chip the tag contains. The best way to ensure compatibility is to conduct a test.

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—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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