NFC metal cards provide the perfect way to make a memorable impression each time. They are customisable by laser engraving and NFC chips, which come in different configurations to suit your specific requirements. The correct NFC chip will make your metal card more functional and practical with all NFC-equipped smartphones and tablets. There are different types of chips available, so it can get confusing to make an informed choice. Here’s a guide to help you with the selection.
Types of chips
You’ll find NFC chips developed by NXP Semiconductors known as NTAG213, NTAG215, and NTAG216 chips. Every option has slightly more memory and may cost slightly more than others. Here’s a quick rundown on what they are:
NTAG213 – The new version of the NTAG203 with better range and speed. Besides the enhanced performance, its memory is slightly bigger at 144 bytes, and it’s reasonably priced.
NTAG215 – This NFC chip has a 504-byte memory ideal for encoding with V-cards or additional data. It comes with password protection, a common feature in all NTAG21x.
NTAG216 – An NFC chip with the highest capacity at 888 bytes for metal business cards with full V-card data. It’s fast but costs significantly higher than other NFC chips.
If you don’t require maximum compatibility, consider NXP Mifare chips. Here are the different types you can find today:
Mifare Classic – Use this 716-byte chip only if you’re already using a Mifare-based protocol system, or if your tags won’t be used by the general public. It supports encryption and is compatible only with newer iOS and Android smartphones.
Mifare Ultralight – A chip that works with Android and iOS devices. It is more advanced than the classic version, but with limited memory of around 46 bytes. That makes it practical for short text strings or links.
Be sure to get NFC chips from reputable sources, so you’re assured of their quality and authenticity. Some companies also customise your metal card with the NFC chip of your choice.