NXP’s NTAG21x Chip Family

NXP is a semiconductor company that makes a wide range of chips used in NFC tags and products. Back in October 2012, NXP announced the 2nd generation of its NFC chip products known as the NTAG21x family. This follows the highly successful first generation chip which is the NTAG203 family.

The products in this family are NTAG210, NTAG213, NTAG215 and NTAG216 with memory sizes of 48, 144, 504 and 888  bytes respectively.

Taken from NXP’s press release, the family also brings many new features:

  • 32-bit password authentication, which offers a simple protection mechanism for data stored into the tag
  • UID ASCII mirror, which automatically maps the IC unique serial number to a stored NDEF message, thus greatly simplifying tag serialization e.g. in smart poster applications
  • 24-bit NFC counter and NFC counter ASCII mirror, which measures the number of interactions occurred between NFC devices and the tag, and appends it to a stored NDEF message, e.g. to improve usage analytics in smart advertisement or location based services
  • Integrated originality signature, which enables the detection of unauthorized NTAG copies, thus providing a simple but powerful product authentication method
  • A new Fast Read command, which speeds up tag registration in inline processes such as print media or product label manufacturing
  • A special variant of the NTAG216, called NTAG216F, which additionally offers a configurable Field Detection pin and a Sleep mode, features particularly required in electronics pairing applications.

 

So far, we haven’t seen applications that take advantage of these new features but we think they will appear slowly when more and more products with this chip available in the market.

The most important thing, all chips in this family are NFC Forum Tag 2 type compliant which means they can be used with all NFC devices.

From our point of view, we see that NTAG216 with 888 bytes of memory is able to close the gap in the market. The storage size is large enough to store many data type including contact information. Previously Mifare 1K is a favourite chip to store contact information but it is not compatible with some of the NFC devices. We already have stickers with NTAG216 in stock and will slowly expand our offerings to other products such as cards, wristbands etc.

NTAG213 is seen as a direct replacement for NTAG203 because the similar memory size. We will carry this as well. Nevertheless, NTAG203 will remain as a product that we will regularly stock as it is a proven and well tested chip in the market.

Ubitap Merdeka 2013 NFC Tags Giveway

To celebrate the auspicious Malaysia’s 56th Merdeka Day, we are giving away our TAPHere NFC tags! 10 lucky winners will be picked. Each will receive 3 pieces of our TAPHere NFC tag worth RM19.50.

 

About Ubitap TAPHere NFC tag

taphereUbitap TAPHere NFC tag is a 40mm round printed NFC sticker with NTAG203 chip. The unique design bearing a clear call to action “TAP HERE” to indicate that this sticker is NFC enabled. Great for those who want to quickly incorporate NFC into their marketing campaign.

Stick it to your everyday item for personal use or use it as a “Tap Point” on your smart posters.

With an appropriate app, you can also use this NFC tag to automate tasks on your smartphone.

This NFC sticker can be encoded multiple number of time or can be permanently locked for placement in public space.

With NTAG203 chip, this sticker is compatible with all NFC-enabled devices, current and future.

 

How to enter this giveaway

This giveaway is open to residents of Malaysia only. No purchase is necessary. To be in the running, just perform one or more of the following tasks using the widget below:

  • Answer a simple question. How do you use NFC tags? Tell us your creative and practical uses of NFC tags.
  • Tweet about this giveaway.
  • Be our fan in Facebook.
  • Follow us on Twitter.

The more tasks you perform, the higher chance for you to win. 10 winners will be randomly selected when the giveaway ends. Each person can win only one prize.

That’s it! Simple, huh?

What are you waiting for? Join today, tell your friends and spread the love. It ends on 21 September 2013 and then we will pick and announce the winners.

Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia yang ke 56!

“MALAYSIAKU BERDAULAT: TANAH TUMPAHNYA DARAHKU”

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New! Revamped Beginner Starter Kit

The Beginner Starter Kit has always been our best seller product. Understandably so, this kit has just the right item for one to get started with NFC. It is also great value for money.

As we keep adding more product in our store, we feel that it is high time to revamp the Beginner Starter Kit to include  more diverse type of NFC tags. Hence effective today, the new Beginner Starter Kit includes:

  • 2x NTAG203 TAP HERE Printed NFC Sticker
  • 2x NTAG203 White, Rectangle 18x36mm NFC Sticker
  • 2x NTAG203 On-Metal, White, Rectangle 25x40mm NFC Sticker
  • 2x NTAG203 Clear, Round 25mm NFC Sticker
  • 2x NTAG203 Round 25mm token with mounting hole
  • 2x Mifare 1K Key Chain, Blue OR 2x NTAG203 Key Chain, Black

The new Beginner Starter Kit has more product types while maintaining the same price as the old one. The price translate to more than 25% savings compared to buying individual item in our store.

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The biggest and the smallest

In term of memory capacity, what is the biggest and the smallest NFC tag that we have in our store?

    Well, we have recently added 3 new products. Under NFC cards, we have DESFire EV1 4K cards with 4094 bytes memory capacity. This is the biggest memory size so far that we have in our store. If you want to store large amount of information (like vCards, where 1K is never enough), this is a good product for you.
    Then we also introduced Ultralight stickers and cards. They have the smallest memory size with only 64 bytes. Why would you want to buy NFC tags with small memory capacity? Well, they are cheaper than other chips and if you just want to store a URL or short text, you don’t need anything bigger than Ultralight tags. They are also NFC Forum Tag Type 2 compatible. That means they can be used across all NFC devices, something you would want for your smart posters.
Head over to our online NFC store for more information!
Update: We now have DESFire EV1 8K cards in out store if 4K is not enough for you.