What is Mifare DESFire EV3?

An image of Mifare DESFire EV3 card.

The MIFARE DESFire EV3 is the latest iteration in the MIFARE DESFire series of smart card ICs by NXP Semiconductors. It is designed for secure contactless smart card applications, providing enhanced security and performance features.

Key aspects of the MIFARE DESFire EV3:

Enhanced Security:

  • AES-128 encryption for secure communication.
  • Secure messaging with communication integrity and encryption.
  • Common Criteria EAL5+ certified hardware** for robust security against attacks.
  • Transaction MAC for secure transaction management.

Increased Performance:

  • Fast read and write operations
  • Improved transaction speed
  • Higher data transfer rates
  • Advanced Features:
    Support for multiple applications:
  • The card can store and manage multiple applications, making it suitable for various use cases like access control, public transportation, and loyalty programs.
  • Support for different file types: Standard data files, backup data files, value files, and record files.
  • Proximity check: Protection against relay attacks.
  • Enhanced key management: Flexible key handling for different applications and use cases.
Compatibility and Integration:
  • Backward compatibility with previous MIFARE DESFire generations (MIFARE DESFire EV1, MIFARE DESFire EV2).
  • Compliance with ISO/IEC 14443-A for contactless smart card communication.
  • Open platform: Supports integration with various system architectures and operating systems.

Summary: The MIFARE DESFire EV3 is a versatile and secure solution for a wide range of contactless smart card applications, offering enhanced security features and improved performance compared to its predecessors.

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