Features and specifications of the NTAG216 NFC chip

NTAG216 NFC Chip Specifications

The NTAG216 chip was launched in 2013 alongside the NTAG213, NTAG212, NTAG210 and NTAG215. It's a full featured chip with a large memory capacity of 888 usable bytes. The standard NTAG21x series chips included a number of enhancements over the NTAG203, including a 32-bit password and ASCII UID mirror. There were also a number of technical changes including a thinner 75µm chip format and an increase in expected data retention to 10 years. Importantly, NXP also added an originality signature feature which helped detect counterfeit NTAG series chips.

The NTAG216 has the largest memory capacity of the NTAG21x range. It's typically used in business cards and similar vCard storage applications. With a better availability than the smaller memory NTAG215 chip, it's essentially the only option if you need more memory than the NTAG213. It's not a cheap chip and prices for NTAG216 tags carry a premium.

As regular NFC.Today readers will know, NFC tags shouldn't typically be used to store data but contain only the link to data. In which case, using a large memory chip isn't always a good idea in the first place. However, if your application absolutely requires it, this is reliable and well featured chip. As an additional note, there were some early reported issues with reading and encoding large data quantities on the NTAG216 from certain mobile phones.

Key Features

User Memory
888 Bytes
872 Chars*
Total Memory
924 Bytes

Key Specifications

Brand NXP
Chip Series NTAG
NFC Forum Type 2
Availability Medium
ScanStrength High

Phone compatibility


Typical Use Cases

  • Data storage
  • vCards
  • Object Identification

User Features

Total memory (bytes)924
User memory (bytes)888
Max URL (chars)872
UID (bytes)7
ECC signature
32-bit password
UID ASCII mirror
Scan Counter
Counter ASCII mirror

Technical Specifications

Chip thickness75 µm / 120 µm
NFC ForumType 2
Operating Freq.13.56 Mhz
Data Trans. Rate106 kbit/s
Input Capacitance50pf
Fast read
Data retention (years)10
Write endurance (cycles)100,000
StandardISO/IEC 14443 A
Release date2013