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What’s the Difference Between Ntag213, Ntag215, and Ntag216?

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Ntag213, Ntag215, and Ntag216, we also call them Ntag21x, are all developed by NXP and almost launched simultaneously. All of them comply with NFC Forum Type 2 Tag and ISO/IEC14443 Type A specifications. Besides, they are very similar in features and applications. So how to choose? What are the differences between them? Fewer people can figure out, but this article will make you clear.

1、Key Features

NTAG213 Chip: Ntag213 is a new generation of the Ntag203 chip. Compared with Ntag203, Ntag213 are advanced in RF performance and functions, such as a 32-bit password and ASCII UID mirror are added. And it has better propertyin terms of reading speed and range. Besides, Ntag213 has a slightly bigger memory, equal to 144 bytes. Most importantly, it is relatively cheap among Ntag series chips. 

NTAG215 Chip: NTAG215 is a medium-size memory capacity; the available memory is 504 bytes. It’s suitable to be encoded with V-Cards or more data. Like all the NTAG chips, it has some more features, as the password-protection. It’s slightly cheaper than NTAG216, but it’s an excellent NFC Chip. It’s worth mentioning that Ntag215 is the only chip available for amiibo.

NTAG216 Chip: NTAG216 has the advantage of getting a bigger capacity than the opposite NFC Tags because of the available memory of 888 bytes. That makes it an excellent chip for business cards with complete V-Card data. They’re in no time, but also are costlier.

User Memory144 Bytes504 Bytes888 Bytes
Max URL136 Chars488 Chars872 Chars

2、Key Specifications

Chip SeriesType 2Type 2Type 2

3、 User Features

Total memory (bytes)180540924
User memory (bytes)144504888
Max URL (chars)136488872
UID (bytes)777
ECC signature
32-bit password
UID ASCII mirror
Scan Counter
Counter ASCII mirror

4、Technical Specifications

Chip thickness75 µm / 120 µm75 µm / 120 µm75 µm / 120 µm
NFC ForumType 2Type 2Type 2
Operating Freq.13.56 MHz13.56 MHz13.56 MHz
Data Trans. Rate106 kbit/s106 kbit/s106 kbit/s
Input Capacitance50pf50pf50pf
Fast Read
Data retention (years)101010
Write endurance (cycles)100000100000100000
StandardISO/IEC 14443 AISO/IEC 14443 AISO/IEC 14443 A
Release date201320132013

5、Typical Applications

Ntag 213Ntag 215Ntag 216
• Marketing & Advertising
• Vouchers
• Bluetooth Pairing
• Object Identification
• Product Information
• Round Management
• Vouchers
• Object Identification
• Very long tracking URLs
• Data storage
• vCards
• Object Identification


The main difference in Ntag213, Ntag215, Ntag216 is that they have different memory sizes and prices (see the table above). Ntag213 is common; Ntag215 is famous for Amiibo cards or tags; Ntag216 is more expensive. You can make the right choice according to the memory requirements of the application and the budget.

To learn more about their features and specifications, you can download the specification sheet. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a message or contact us directly.

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