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    EXPLORE-NFCEXPLORE-NFC is a high performance fully NFC compliant expansion board. Based on the NXP PN512 solution, EXPLORE-NFC meets compliance with Reader mode, P2P mode and Card emulation standards. The board features an integrated high performance antenna and offers a flexible SPI interface.



    The PN512PN512 is a highly integrated transceiver IC for contactless communication at 13.56 MHz. This transceiver IC utilizes an outstanding modulation and demodulation concept completely integrated for different kinds of contactless communication methods and protocols at 13.56 MHz. Enabled in Reader/Writer mode for ISO/IEC 14443A/MIFARE, the PN512’s internal transmitter part is able to drive a reader/writer antenna designed to communicate with ISO/IEC 14443A/ MIFARE cards and transponders without additional active circuitry. The receiver part provides a robust and efficient implementation of a demodulation and decoding circuitry for signals from ISO/IEC 14443A/MIFARE compatible cards and transponders. The digital part handles the complete ISO/IEC 14443A framing and error detection (Parity & CRC).


    Key Applications: Contactless payment, meter readings, loyalty cards. External user interface for industrial and consumer devices

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    Technical Documents

    Learning Center
    Quick Start GuideNXP: Quick Start Up Guide for EXPLORE NFC working with Raspberry Pi
    DatasheetNXP: Datasheet for PN512 Full NFC Forum Compliant Solution
    OthersNXP: EXPLORE-NFC Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information


    Design Elements


    Software CodeNXP: EXPLORE-NFC Software and Project


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    Kit Features


    • High performance full NFC compliant expansion board
    • Compatible with the Raspberry Pi®
    • Based on NXP PN512, a NFC forum compliant NFC IC, with all 3 NFC modes (Reader, P2P and Card Emulation)
      • Highly integrated analog circuitry to demodulate and decode responses
      • Buffered output drivers for connecting an antenna with the minimum number of external components
      • Integrated RF Level detector
      • Integrated data mode detector
      • Supports ISO/IEC 14443 A/MIFARE
      • Supports ISO/IEC 14443 B Read/Write modes
      • Typical operating distance in Read/Write mode up to 50 mm depending on the antenna size and tuning

      • Typical operating distance in NFCIP-1 mode up to 50 mm depending on the antenna size and tuning and power supply

      • FIFO buffer handles 64 byte send and receive
      • Flexible interrupt modes

      • Hard reset with low power function

      • Power-down mode per software

    • Reader mode supports 4 NFC tag types and NXP MIFARE proprietary commands
    • Flexible interface selection (SPI or I²C). The software currently supports SPI.
    • Integrated high performance antenna


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    Kit Contents


    • EXPLORE-NFC board
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