SLOS758F – DECEMBER 2011 – REVISED MAY 2017
TRF7963A Fully Integrated 13.56-MHz RFID Reader/Writer IC
For ISO/IEC 14443A, ISO/IEC 14443B, and NFC Standards
1 Device Overview
• Completely Integrated Protocol Handling for
ISO/IEC 14443 A and B, NFC Forum Device
Types 1 to 4, and FeliCa™
• Input Voltage Range: 2.7 VDC to 5.5 VDC
• Programmable Output Power:
+20 dBm (100 mW) or +23 dBm (200 mW)
• Programmable I/O Voltage Levels:
1.8 VDC to 5.5 VDC
• Programmable System Clock Frequency Output
(RF, RF/2, RF/4)
• Programmable Modulation Depth
• Dual Receiver Architecture With RSSI for
Elimination of "Read Holes" and Adjacent Reader
System or Ambient In-Band Noise Detection
• Programmable Power Modes for Ultra-Low-Power
System Design (Power Down <0.5 µA)
• Parallel or SPI Interface
• Integrated Voltage Regulator for Microcontroller
• Temperature Range: –25°C to 85°C
• 32-Pin QFN Package (5 mm × 5 mm) (RHB)
• Secure Access Control
• Digital Door Locks
• Medical Systems
• Transport Ticketing
• Event Ticketing
The TRF7963A device is an integrated analog front-end (AFE) and data-framing device for a 13.56-MHz
RFID reader/writer system that supports ISO/IEC 14443 A and B and Sony FeliCa. Built-in programming
options make it suitable for a wide range of applications for proximity identification systems.
The reader is configured by selecting the desired protocol in the control registers. Direct access to all
control registers allows fine tuning of various reader parameters as needed.
The TRF7963A device supports data rates up to 848 kbps with all framing and synchronization tasks for
the ISO protocols onboard. The device also supports reader/writer mode for NFC Forum tag types 1, 2, 3,
and 4. NFC Forum tag types 2, 3, and 4 are supported with the built-in protocol decoders used in Direct
Mode 2. NFC Forum tag type 1 requires the use of Direct Mode 0. Other standards and custom protocols
can also be implemented by using Direct Mode 0. Direct Mode 0 lets the user fully control the AFE and
also gain access to the raw subcarrier data or the unframed, but already ISO-formatted, data and the
associated (extracted) clock signal.
The receiver system has a dual-input receiver architecture to maximize communication robustness. The
receivers also include various automatic and manual gain control options. The received signal strength
from transponders, ambient sources, or internal levels is available in the RSSI register.
A SPI or parallel interface can be used for the communication between the MCU and the TRF7963A
reader. When the built-in hardware encoders and decoders are used, transmit and receive functions use a
12-byte FIFO register. For direct transmit or receive functions, the encoders or decoders can be bypassed
so the MCU can process the data in real time.
The TRF7963A device supports a wide supply voltage range of 2.7 V to 5.5 V and data communication
levels from 1.8 V to 5.5 V for the MCU I/O interface.
The transmitter has selectable output power levels of 100 mW (+20 dBm) or 200 mW (+23 dBm)
equivalent into a 50-Ω load when using a 5-V supply and supports OOK and ASK modulation with
selectable modulation depth.
An IMPORTANT NOTICE at the end of this data sheet addresses availability, warranty, changes, use in safety-critical applications,
intellectual property matters and other important disclaimers. PRODUCTION DATA.