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This module explains the capabilities of the MIFARE SAM secure microcontroller, specifically designed for use with contactless MIFARE ICs, including MIFARE DESFire, MIFARE Plus and MIFARE Ultralight. Now in its third generation, it is the ideal add-on for reader devices to secure keys, protect assets and establish secure communication in a wide variety of applications.

Session Contents

  • MIFARE® SAM portfolio and product overview
    MIFARE SAM family evolution and feature comparison. Marketing introduction and positioning. What is MIFARE SAM AV3 and when to use it. MIFARE SAM AV3 operating modes. Supported contactless products.
  • MIFARE® SAM AV3 interfaces.
    S-mode and X-mode architecture. ISO/IEC 7816 host interface. I2C target host interface. I2C X-mode for direct pass-through connection with selected NXP reader IC. APDU-based communication T=1 protocol.
  • MIFARE® SAM AV3 architecture
    Supported cryptographic algorithms. Symmetric key store table and symmetric key store properties. Key usages counter storage table and settings. PKI key storage table and settings. Host, PICC, OfflineCrypo, OfflineUpload, OfflineChange and OfflinePerso key class types. Key versioning and diversification. Usage hints and recommendations.
  • MIFARE® SAM AV3 personalization and host communication
    MIFARE SAM AV3 lifecycle, activation, and lock/unlock command. Host authentication command. Plain, MACed and full protected secure messaging options. Concept of logical channels and secure host / backend communication.
  • MIFARE® SAM AV3 commands overview
    Overview of MIFARE SAM AV3 group of commands, including: security and configuration commands, key management commands, data processing commands, PICC-specific commands, PKI-commands and X-interface commands.

Session audience

  • Technical managers
  • Sales engineers
  • Business development managers
  • MIFARE solution developers


  • Basic technical knowledge
  • Basic concepts of security and symmetric cryptography.
  • Basic knowledge of MIFARE DESFire or MIFARE Plus or previous participation to MO2 and MO3 (recommended).

Materials required

  • Laptop, webcam and stable internet connectivity

Documentation and material delivered

  • PDF booklet with all training slides

Other information

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Attendance is personal and non-transferable.

Cancellation & refunds:

  • Cancellation more than 15 days before the event: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than 15 days, but more than 7 days: 50% refund
  • Cancellation less than 7 days: no refund.

The training fees do not include taxes, duties or any other deduction regulated by each country.

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