MIFARE DESFire EV1 contactless multi-application IC
Rev. 02 — 6 March 2009
Product short data sheet
1. General description
MIFARE DESFire EV1 is ideal for service providers wanting to use multi-application smart
cards in transport schemes, eGovernment or identity applications. It fully complies with
the requirements for fast and highly secure data transmission, ﬂexible memory
organization and interoperability with existing infrastructure.
MIFARE DESFire EV1 is based on open global standards for both air interface and
cryptographic methods. It is compliant to all 4 levels of ISO/IEC 14443A and uses optional
ISO/IEC 7816-4 commands.
Featuring an on-chip backup management system and the mutual three pass
authentication, a MIFARE DESFire EV1 card can hold up to 28 different applications and
32 ﬁles per application. The size of each ﬁle is deﬁned at the moment of its creation,
making MIFARE DESFire EV1 a truly ﬂexible and convenient product.
Additionally, an automatic anti-tear mechanism is available for all ﬁle types, which
guarantees transaction oriented data integrity. With MIFARE DESFire EV1, data transfer
rates up to 848 kbit/s can be achieved, allowing fast data transmission.
The main characteristics of this device are denoted by its name DESFire EV1: DES
indicates the high level of security using a 3DES hardware cryptographic engine for
enciphering transmission data and Fire indicates its outstanding position as a fast,
innovative, reliable and secure IC in the contactless proximity transaction market. Hence,
MIFARE DESFire EV1 brings many beneﬁts to end users. Cardholders can experience
convenient contactless ticketing while also having the possibility to use the same device
for related applications such as payment at vending machines, access control or event
ticketing. In other words, the MIFARE DESFire EV1 silicon solution offers enhanced
consumer-friendly system design, in combination with security and reliability.
MIFARE DESFire EV1 delivers the perfect balance of speed, performance and cost
efﬁciency. Its open concept allows future seamless integration of other ticketing media
such as smart paper tickets, key fobs, and mobile ticketing based on Near Field
Communication (NFC) technology. It is also fully compatible with the existing MIFARE
reader hardware platform. MIFARE DESFire EV1 is your ticket to contactless systems