Sample Cards in the package : FeliCa Lite and Standard FeliCa

April 16th, 2011

How can I distinguish the FeliCa Lite card from the standard FeliC Card?

Each card has engraved markings on the backside that shows the product name and serial number.

RC-S886: This is a FeliCa Lite card. The serial numbers of this card type start with ‘000Q’.

Product specs can be found at http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/business/products/RC-S965.html#Specifications

“FeliCa Lite User’s Manual” is available at http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/business/tech-support/

RC-S888: This is a standard FeliCa card. The serial numbers of this card type start with ‘000N’.

 

 

Product specs can be found at http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/business/data/RC-S888_E.pdf

“FeliCa Card User’s Manual” is available at: http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/business/tech-support/

An overview on chip types and card types can be found here: http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/business/tech-support/list.html

What are the differences between these cards?

The main differences are :

  • Memory size: FeliCa Lite provides 14 blocks of user memory (224 bytes), while the standard FeliCa provides 154 blocks (2464 bytes).  The table below compares the chips that are embedded in the cards.
  • Speed: FeliCa Lite only supports 212kbps, while standard FeliCa supports both, 212kbps and 424kbps
  • Memory organization: FeliCa Lite does not support multiple partitions, standard FeliCa does . Please note that if the cards are used as NDEF cards, there is no difference from user point of view.
  • Command set: FeliCa Lite implements a limited command set with lightweight authentication functions, while standard FeliCa provides full-featured authentication and encryption functions for secure applications. Please note that if the cards are used as NDEF cards, there is no difference from user point of view.

The table below compares the two card chips in more detail:

FeliCa Lite FeliCa Standard
Standard Supports ISO/IEC 18092 (212kbps passive mode) Supports ISO/IEC 18092 (212kbps or 424kbps passive mode)
Operating frequency 13.56MHz 13.56MHz
Modulation method ASK modulation ASK modulation
Bit coding Manchester encoding system Manchester encoding system
Communication speed 212kbps Supports automatic 212/424 kbps switching
User memory 14 blocks 154 blocks
Memory separation function None Yes
Reader/writer authentication Streamlined authentication via triple DES data encryption algorithm Mutual authentication via triple DES data encryption algorithm
Communication path encryption None Yes
Supported commands Only non-encrypted commands Encrypted and non-encrypted commands

1 block is equal to 16 bytes

NFC Forum Type3 Tag Sample Card Format

(FeliCa RC-S888)

System Code (Hex) 12 FC
IDi  Pmi (Hex) 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F
IDm (Hex) ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
PMm (Hex) 01 20 22 04 27 67 4E FF

**IDm is Unique for each card.

Service Code (Hex) Access Attribute User Block
00 09 Read/Write 148 blocks (User block 01 ~ 147 NDEF Data)
00 0B Read-Only

User block00 : Attribute Information

Ver Nbr Nbw Nmaxb RFU RFU RFU RFU WriteF Rwflag Ln (size: 3) Check sum
0×10 0x0C 0x0A 0×0093 00 00 00 00 00 01 Varies depending on following data 0x****

 

Ln indicates the length of NDEF data. This field allows the NFC device to determine how many blocks it should read when retrieving NDEF data.

Italic noted field” in attribution information block is often rewritten when NDEF data is changed.

(FeliCa RC-S886)

System Code (Hex) 12 FC
IDi  Pmi (Hex) 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F
IDm (Hex) ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
PMm (Hex) 00 F0 00 00 02 06 03 00

**IDm is Unique for each card.

Service Code (Hex) Access Attribute User Block
00 09 Read/Write 14 blocks (User block 01 ~ 13 NDEF Data)
00 0B Read-Only

User block00 : Attribute Information

Ver Nbr Nbw Nmaxb RFU RFU RFU RFU WriteF Rwflag Ln (size: 3) Check sum
0×10 0×04 0×01 0x000D 00 00 00 00 00 01 Varies depending on following data 0x****

Ln indicates the length of NDEF data. This field allows the NFC device to determine how many blocks it should read when retrieving NDEF data.

“Italic noted field” in attribution information block is often rewritten when NDEF data is changed.

Reference Document: NFC Type 3 Tag Operation Technical Specification 1.0 (2007-08-16)

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