Symban Sigma Micro (Σμ) Series: Nano NFC RFID Reader
Σμ Nano is the latest model in Symban’s Σμ Series of NFC RFID readers & writers.
It is NFC Forum & RFID compatible contactless reader/writer which successfully implements ISO14443 A & B and ISO18092 standards on HF working frequency of 13.56 MHz.
This device is designed, produced and programmed in Serbia, Europe for Symban Services.
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Device dimensions are 1.3″ W x 3.5″ L x 0.2″ H; the device can easily be attached to the POS terminal in many ways with double sided mounting tape, Velcro, or they can simply sit on the desk. It connects to the computer with an included USB cable.
Reader’s RF communication is based on NXP’s powerful, highly integrated reader IC for contactless communication at 13.56 MHz, which supports all protocol layers of the ISO/IEC 14443 A, ISO/IEC 14443 B and ISO/IEC 18092 communication standards. It utilizes an outstanding modulation and demodulation concept completely integrated for different kinds of contactless communication methods and protocols at 13.56 MHz.
All variants of the MIFARE® cards family (MIFARE Mini®, MIFARE Classic® 1K / 4K, MIFARE Ultralight®, MIFARE Ultralight C®, MIFARE DESFire® EV1 and MIFARE Plus® RF identification protocols are supported. Additionally, NFC Forum specification for “Type 2 Tag” is supported, which adds NTAG2xx chip family to above list.
Reader has possibility to support all NFC Forum Tag Types, but currently implemented is Type 2. Since DESFire can be used as NFC Tag type 4, it will be added soon as capability in firmware. Additional features like other Tag types (1 and 3) and Pear 2 Pear functionality are on R&D roadmap.
Bottom line is that reader’s hardware is fully compliant with NFC Forum specification.
Reader has built-in anti-collision mechanism for detecting multiple cards at time. Built-in well-tuned antenna provides proximity operating distance up to 60 mm (depending on card’s antenna geometry) and contactless communication speed at higher baud rates (up to 424 kBd). Device also has built in Crypto1® algorithm and non-volatile internal key memory storage for better security. Communication with host is provided by using USB 2.0 Full Speed compatible interface. Data transfer rates are limited from 9600 baud to 1 Mbaud, for integrity and security reasons. Reader can also act as a serial interface device using FTDI’s Virtual COM port (VCP) drivers. Audible (speaker) and 2 LEDs visible indicators are built in and absolutely user controllable.
The Σμ Nano device is certified in accordance to the following Directives:
2004/108/EC – The Electromagnetic compatibility Directive
1999/5/EC – R&TTE Directive
2006/95/EC – Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
2013/35/EU – The Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Directive
2011/65/EU – RoHS2 Directive
Following standards were applied:
EMC: EN 55022:2010 + AC:2011
EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2:2011
EN 301 489-3 V1.6.1:2013
RF: EN 300 330-2 V1.6.1
LVD: EN 60950-1:2006 + A1:2010 + A2:2013
EMF: EN 50364:2010
Since hardware is based on MCU platform, it runs on company developed custom firmware. Communication between host and reader is provided through high speed direct access FTDI chip features.
Firmware is regularly updated with new versions which include new features, improvements and bug-fixes, while preserving backward compatibility with older versions. That means your device is safe, there is no need for changes when new firmware comes out. All firmware upgrades are totally FREE and can be obtained through download section of company’s website.