NTAG213 vs. MIFARE Ultralight EV1

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These are two chips from two different NXP chip families - MIFARE® and NTAG®. The MIFARE range is targeted towards event ticketing, transport ticketing and vouchers. The NTAG range is more mobile focused with an emphasis on marketing, identification and authentication.

The MIFARE Ultralight EV1 is an updated version of the Ultralight which was originally launched in 2003. It's a widely used chip with limited features but strong scan performance. There are two variants with different memory capacities - a 48 byte user memory version and 128 byte user memory version. The smaller memory version is more common and if you are buying a tag or product, it's likely that this will be specified by default.

The NTAG213 is part of the NTAG21x series of chips and along with the NTAG210, is the most common. It's a full featured tag with enough memory for almost all standard use cases. Widely available, it's found in a very broad range of tags and products.

NTAG213

Ultralight EV1

Key Features

User Memory
144 Bytes
Max URL
136 Chars*
User Memory
48/128 Bytes
Max URL
40/120 Chars*
*Characters

Key Specifications

BrandNXP
Chip SeriesNTAG
NFC ForumType 2
AvailabilityHigh
ScanStrengthHigh
BrandNXP
Chip SeriesMIFARE
NFC ForumType 2
AvailabilityHigh
ScanStrengthHigh

Phone compatibility

Apple
Android
Apple
Android

Typical Use Cases

  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Vouchers
  • Bluetooth Pairing
  • GS1 EPC/RFID
  • Object Identification
  • Product Information
  • Round Management
  • PLCR
  • Single use ticketing
  • Vouchers
  • Object Identification

User Features

 NTAG213Ultralight EV1
Total memory (bytes)18080 / 164
User memory (bytes)14448 / 128
Max URL (chars)13640 / 128
UID (bytes)77
ECC signature
32-bit password
UID ASCII mirror-
Scan Counter-
Counter ASCII mirror-
Lockable

Technical Specifications

 NTAG213Ultralight EV1
Chip thickness75 µm / 120 µm75 µm / 120 µm
NFC ForumType 2Type 2
Operating Freq.13.56 Mhz13.56 Mhz
Data Trans. Rate106 kbit/s106 kbit/s
Input capacitance50pF17pF / 50pF
Fast read
Data retention (years)1010
Write endurance (cycles)100,000100,000
Anticollision
StandardISO/IEC 14443 AISO/IEC 14443 A
Release date20132013