What are the differences between ISO 14443A, 14443B and C proximity coupling smart cards?

ISO 14443 has two variants, Type A and Type B. ISO 14443A was accepted by the ISO committee in 1997. It is the first ISO standard for 13.56 MHz frequency contactless card which was developed by Mikron Austria and acquired by Phillips in 1996. Currently, ISO 14443A is the most widely used contactless standard in the world, mainly in transport applications.

ISO 14443B was approved by the ISO committee in 1998. ISO 14443B has a number of advantages over ISO 14443A:

Unlike ISO 14443A uses 100% modulation depth, it means that the reader stops emitting the field for defined periods of time. The modulation depth for ISO 14443B is only 10% which preserves the continuity of the clock.
No patents on communication coding.
Communication speeds of up to 847 KHz.
Adopted as a national standard by many countries, such as US, China, Japan, etc.
A third variant of the ISO 14443 standard, Type C, was developed by Sony, however, it was abandoned by the ISO/IEC committee and now is renamed as Felica. Please click here for more information!

*OPP IOT is able to provide ISO 14443 proximity coupling smart cards and tags with the following RFID technologies:
ISO 14443A: Mifare 1K, Mifare 4K, Mifare Ultralight, Mifare DESFire, SLE66R35
ISO 14443B: AT88RF020, SR176, SRIX512, SRIX4K
Felica (ISO 14443C): RC-S919

Advantages of RFID Versus Barcodes

Advantages of RFID Versus Barcodes
RFID tags and barcodes both carry information about products. However, there are important differences between these two technologies:
Barcode readers require a direct line of sight to the printed barcode; RFID readers do not require a direct line of sight to either active RFID tags or passive RFID tags.
RFID tags can be read at much greater distances; an RFID reader can pull information from a tag at distances up to 300 feet. The range to read a barcode is much less, typically no more than fifteen feet.
RFID readers can interrogate, or read, RFID tags much faster; read rates of forty or more tags per second are possible. Reading barcodes is much more time-consuming; due to the fact that a direct line of sight is required, if the items are not properly oriented to the reader it may take seconds to read an individual tag. Barcode readers usually take a half-second or more to successfully complete a read.
Line of sight requirements also limit the ruggedness of barcodes as well as the reusability of barcodes. (Since line of sight is required for barcodes, the printed barcode must be exposed on the outside of the product, where it is subject to greater wear and tear.) RFID tags are typically more rugged, since the electronic components are better protected in a plastic cover. RFID tags can also be implanted within the product itself, guaranteeing greater ruggedness and reusability.
Barcodes have no read/write capability; that is, you cannot add to the information written on a printed barcode. RFID tags, however, can be read/write devices; the RFID reader can communicate with the tag, and alter as much of the information as the tag design will allow.
RFID tags are typically more expensive than barcodes, in some cases, much more so.

ACOS3 64KB Secure Card

ACOS3 64KB Secure Card
ACOS3 is specifically designed for highly secure payment applications. With this high degree of security feature, ACOS3 is particularly suitable for applications such as network access control, electronic purse and multitude of other applications in which security is extremely critical.

SLE4428 Smart Card
Programmable Security Code verification logic. All the memory, except for the PSC, can always be read. The memory can be written or erased only after PSC verification. After eight successive incorrect entries the error counter will block any subsequent attempt at PSC verification and hence any possibility to write and erase. This IC is one of the most popular in the industry.

SLE4442 Smart Card
Intelligent 256-Byte EEPROM with Write Protect Function and Programmable Security Code (PSC). This chip contains and EEPROM organized 1024 x 8 bit offering the possibility of programmable write protection for each byte. Reading of the whole memory is always possible. The memory can be written and erased byte by byte .

AT24C128 16KBytes Memory Card
The AT24C128 provides 131,072 bits of serial electrically erasable and programmable read only memory (EEPROM) organized as 16,384 words of 8 bits each. The devices are optimized for use in smartcard applications where low power and low-voltage operation may be essential.

ACOS5 64/72KB PKI Card
The ACOS 5 card is an advanced cryptographic smart card that fully complies with ISO 7816-1/2/3/4/8/9 and is specially designed for public-key based applications and for enhancing security and performance for RSA public-key cryptographic operations that are essential in smart card PKI, digital signature and high level security requirements. ACOS5 provides up to 64/72KB EEPROM of secure data storage. Typical applications include payment system, e-banking, e-commerce, stock trading, network security, corporate identity, Microsoft windows logon, PKI application, and cryptographic middleware layers CSP and PKCS#11.

Mifare Classic 1k
Fully compliant with ISO 14443A, MIFARE? is the industry standard for contactless and dual interface smart card schemes. With an immense worldwide installed base, it is a well proven RF communication technology for transmitting data between a card and a reader device. The platform offers a full range of compatible contactless smart card and reader ICs, as well as dual interface ICs that provide a secure link between the contactless and contact card markets.

Mifare Classic 4k ISO 14443A Contactless
MIFARE? Classic 4K with 4 Kbytes of EEPROM read/write memory and is compatible with existing MIFARE? infrastructures. Operating in accordance with ISO 14443A, MIFARE? 4K functions at a distance of up to 10 cm with true anti-collision properties and without the need for a battery.

The MIFARE? classic family is the pioneer and front runner in contactless smart card ICs operating in the 13.56 MHz frequency range with read/write capability.

Mifare DESFire ISO 14443A Contactless
MIFARE? DESFire operates at a distance of 10cms and in accordance with the international standard ISO 14443A perfectly meets mid-end transportation segment needs including security and cost effectiveness. It features a 4Kbyte non volatile memory, a high speed triple -DES data encryption co-processor, a flexible memory organization structure, a mutual 3-pass authentication technique together with a true random number generator and an anti-tear mechanism to guarantee data integrity during contactless transactions.

Mifare Classic Cards

Mifare Classic Cards
The MIFARE Classic family covers contactless smart card ICs used in public transport, access management, loyalty cards and many more. Fully compliant with ISO/IEC 14443 Type A, it is available with 1 KB and 4 KB memory, and 7 byte or 4 byte identifiers.
MIFARE is NXP’s well-known brand for a wide range of contactless IC products with a typical read/write distance of 10 cm (4 inch) used in more than 40 different types of application worldwide. With 50 million reader and 5 billion card components sold, MIFARE products are proven and more reliable than any other interface technology in the market.
Part of the MIFARE range is MIFARE Classic, a product family of contactless smart card ICs used in public transport, access management, loyalty cards and many more.
Key features
Fully ISO/IEC 14443Type A 1-3 compliant, ensuring a broad marketplace of solution developers and providers
Versatile product portfolio, offering an optimized price-performance ratio
Reduced infrastructure costs due to card and reader compatibility across all generations
Memory access conditions freely programmable
About Our Mifare Classic Cards
Cardtec Provides Mifare classic as a high quality, high finish product, wheather as a blank card or in pre-printed format or fully printed with data / picture / individual photos.