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Contactless FeliCa ID cards from Sony

After the successful implementation of its contactless Suica cards as electronic tickets on East Japan Railway, Sony decided to promote the new standard more actively and announced personal FeliCa ID cards.

FeliCa cards meet the RC-S833 standard for Contactless Smart Cards, are sized as a usual business card (85.6x54.0x0.76 mm, ISO/IEC7810ID-1), feature a built-in transceiver and an antenna. Naturally, cards get energy from card reader signals. The chip features an 8-bit RISC processor, EEPROM, RAM, ROM, cryptoprocessor and a radio-frequency unit.

The external card reader (supporting RC-S441, RC-S445, RC-430 and RC-S480) features a control unit and an antenna. Operation distance between a card and a reader is determined by antenna type. Reader also features a chip, including 32-bit processor, cryptoprocessor, radio-frequency unit. System uses 13.56 MHz frequency range, data transfer rate makes 211 Kbps, FeliCa (EPROM) memory capacity is 1536 bytes (16 bytes 96 blocks).

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