What is the Difference Between Ntag213, Ntag215, and Ntag216?

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.

Item Ntag213 Ntag215 Ntag216
User Memory 144 Bytes 504 Bytes 888 Bytes
Max URL 136 Chars 488 Chars 872 Chars
Cost Cheap Medium Expensive

2、Key Specifications

Item Ntag213 Ntag215 Ntag216
Chip Series Type 2 Type 2 Type 2
Availability High Medium Low
ScanStrength High High High

3、 User Features

Item Ntag213 Ntag215 Ntag216
Total memory (bytes) 180 540 924
User memory (bytes) 144 504 888
Max URL (chars) 136 488 872
UID (bytes) 7 7 7
ECC signature
32-bit password
UID ASCII mirror
Scan Counter
Counter ASCII mirror

4、Technical Specifications

Item Ntag213 Ntag215 Ntag216
Chip thickness 75 µm / 120 µm 75 µm / 120 µm 75 µm / 120 µm
NFC Forum Type 2 Type 2 Type 2
Operating Freq. 13.56 MHz 13.56 MHz 13.56 MHz
Data Trans. Rate 106 kbit/s 106 kbit/s 106 kbit/s
Input Capacitance 50pf 50pf 50pf
Fast Read
Data retention (years) 10 10 10
Write endurance (cycles) 100000 100000 100000
Standard ISO/IEC 14443 A ISO/IEC 14443 A ISO/IEC 14443 A
Release date 2013 2013 2013

5、Typical Applications

Ntag 213 Ntag 215 Ntag 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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