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We will include articles here with technical information relating to NFC and other aspects of proximity communication.

  1. NFC Chip comparison tables

    NFC Chips we use
     MIFARE
    Ultralight
    NTAG203NTAG210NTAG213NTAG215NTAG216
    Total Memory
    (bytes)
    64 168 80 180 540 924
    Usable Memory
    (bytes)
    48 144 48 144 504 888
    Compatible with all mobiles
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    NFC Forum
    Compliant
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Scan Counter
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  2. Soft Flexible PVC Stickers versus Hard PVC Stickers

    Your typical NFC sticker is made of a very thin layer of PVC or PET plastic on the top to protect and/or hide the NFC chip and antenna.  In many cases a client will print on this surface to present a brand or instructions on what the user of the mobile should do. At the back of the NFC sticker once you remove the release paper you will find the sticky back with various strengths of glue to attached the sticker to the required surface.

    In most cases NFC stickers are your best choice as they are very light, strong and flexible so can be used on slightly curved surfaces and it is easier to find the right position for them.

    However - we are often asked questions such as

    • just how hard wearing are they are?
    • can they be knifed?
    • are they waterproof?
    • are they dustproof?
    • what would happen if hit by a hammer?

    The reality is that on a normal sticker you have plastic front and glue back that protects the

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  3. Amiibo cloning

    Amiibo cloning

    Many Amiibo fans have used our range of  NXP NTAG215 products successfully, but we are aware that some people have had problems creating their clones.  We cannot provide support for 3rd party products but some very kind clients have passed on some links to resources that heve helped them. We are sharing them in this document.

    Please add any comment to this page that you feel will help other people create them successfully and we will pick them up and add them to the page to create a useful guide.

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  4. NFC Getting Started

    NFC Getting Started

    To be able to write to an NFC tag / sticker you will require an Android mobile that has NFC capability built in or a USB read/writer.  Android is very simple as there are many applications available, some of which are free, with which you can write to an NFC tag.We sell a USB reader and writer that attaches to a PC or MAC using a USB - see below recomended products.

    Here are some examples to get you started:

    NXP TagWriter

    Provided by NXP the same supplier of the NTAG range of chips that we supply

    You can find a manual to this app HERE

    NFC Tools Provided by Wakdev and a very poplar app
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  5. Latest Sumsung NFC tag reading information

    Latest Sumsung NFC tag reading information

    We have had a few clients that use the latest Samsung mobiles have issue reading NFC tags of different types.  The problem seems to be that more people are using their mobiles for NFC payments and are used to placing the top of their mobile on NFC payment terminals.  This is because NFC payments use the MST antenna positioned below the camera, where as the NFC antenna for reading and writing to tags is around the middle of the mobile on on the back. 

    Another aspect to consider is when making payments you are using a NFC transmitter that is powered and so the connection range is more powerful and wider.  As NFC tags use the power of the mobile it is necessary to find the right spot on the back of the mobile to create a solid connection.

    We hope this information helps when using NFC 

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