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This product is not recommended for new designs. Instead, we recommend to use NXP’s MIFARE DESFire EV3 IC.

NXP MIFARE® DESFire® EV1 cards are designed for diverse applications that demand the highest levels of security, including access control and biometric identification, cashless vending, public transportation, ticketing and customer loyalty cards.

The MIFARE DESFire EV1 contactless IC is ideal for combining and supporting multiple applications on one contactless smart card or other form factor. It fully complies with the requirements for fast and secure data transmission, flexible memory organization, and interoperability with existing infrastructure.

MIFARE DESFire EV1 is based on open global standards for both air interface and cryptographic methods. It is compliant to all 4 levels of ISO/IEC 14443A and uses optional ISO/IEC 7816-4 commands.

Featuring an on-chip backup management system and the mutual three pass authentication, a MIFARE DESFire EV1 product-based smart card can hold up to 28 different applications and 32 files per application. The size of each file is defined at the moment of its creation, making MIFARE DESFire EV1 a truly flexible and convenient product.

The main characteristics of this device are denoted by its name “DESFire”: DES indicates the high level of security using a 3DES or AES hardware cryptographic engine for enciphering transmission data and Fire indicates its outstanding position as a fast, innovative, reliable and secure IC in the contactless proximity transaction market. Hence, MIFARE DESFire EV1 brings many benefits to end users. Cardholders can experience convenient contactless ticketing while also having the possibility to use the same device for related applications such as payment at vending machines, access control or event ticketing. In other words, the MIFARE DESFire EV1 silicon solution offers enhanced consumer-friendly system design, in combination with security and reliability.

Additionally, an automatic anti-tear mechanism is available for all file types, which guarantees transaction oriented data integrity. With MIFARE DESFire EV1, data transfer rates up to 848 Kbit/s can be achieved, making fast data processing possible.

MIFARE DESFire EV1 contactless card delivers a perfect balance of speed, performance and cost efficiency. Its open concept allows future seamless integration of other ticketing media such as smart paper tickets, key fobs and mobile ticketing based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The DESFire EV1 fully compatible with the existing MIFARE reader hardware platform. MIFARE DESFire EV1 is your ticket to contactless systems worldwide.

In other words, the MIFARE DESFire EV1 IC solution offers enhanced consumer-friendly system design, in combination with security and reliability.

DESFire’s are available in PVC and Composite PET/PVC card construction. The MIFARE DESFire EV1 card is exceptionally durable and can accept an embeddable SAM card for logical access and biometric ID systems.


Key Features

  • NFC Tag Type 4 compliant

  • Secure, high-speed command set

  • Transaction-oriented automatic anti-tear mechanism

  • Privacy protection

  • Optional high input capacitance (70pF) for small form factor design (MF3ICDH 21/41/81)

  • Configurable ATS information for card personalization


  • 2 kB EEPROM with fast programming

  • Data retention of 10 years

  • Write endurance typical 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)

  • File size is determined during creation

RF interface

  • Fully ISO/IEC 14443 A 1-4 compliant

  • 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 anti-collision

  • 7 bytes unique identifier (cascade level 2 according to ISO/IEC 14443-3 and option for random ID)

  • Uses ISO/IEC 14443-4 protocol


  • Crypto algorithm in hardware

  • Common Criteria Certification: EAL4+ (Hardware and Software)

  • Unique 7 bytes serial number for each device

  • Optional “RANDOM” ID to enhance security and privacy

  • Mutual three-pass authentication

  • Mutual authentication according to ISO/IEC 7816-4

  • 1 card leader key and up to 14 keys per application

  • Hardware DES using 56/112/168 bit keys featuring key version, data authenticity by 8-byte CMAC

  • Choice of open DES/2K3DES/3KDES/AES

  • Hardware AES using 128-bit keys featuring key version, data authenticity by 8-byte CMAC

  • Data encryption on RF-channel

  • Authentication on application level

  • Hardware exception sensors

  • Self-securing file system

  • Backward compatibility to MF3ICD40: 4 byte MAC, CRC 16

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

Key Benefits

  • Proven, Reliable Technology – MIFARE DESFire EV1 is based on open global standards for security, and is interoperable with existing MIFARE infrastructures.

  • Fast Processing and Data Communication – Transaction times are less than 100 milliseconds for a typical secure ticketing transaction.

  • Flexible file system

  • Multiple crypto support on one single card

  • Standards Compliant – MIFARE DESFire EV1 is fully complaint with ISO 14443A 1-4, and has been awarded CC EAL 4+ for smart card security.




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