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USB NFC Reader

  • NFC
  • Conforms to
    PC/SC 2.0

The RC-S380/S product is the world's first reader certified by the NFC Forum Certification Program*. It is capable of communicating both with devices that conform to the NFC Forum specifications and with various contactless IC cards, including FeliCa™ and ISO/IEC 14443 Type A/Type B.

* NFC Forum Certification Program: A program for the purpose of checking products' conformity to the NFC Forum specifications and ensuring compatibility among products. Conformance testing is performed on products submitted to authorized test laboratories with the validated test tools.


NFC Forum-certified products

Available for communication with various devices conforming to the NFC Forum specifications.

Available for various contactless IC cards

Read/Write capability with FeliCa card/FeliCa-compatible devices and ISO/IEC14443 Type A / Type B cards.

Compliant with various countries' / areas' radio law

RC-S380/S is compliant with radio law in the following countries / areas.
USA / Canada / EU / Korea / Taiwan / Hong Kong / Thailand / Malaysia / Singapore / Philippines / Indonesia / India / Saudi Arabia / Brazil / China(China model only)

Supports P2P communication with other devices

RC-S380/S supports NFC-Data Exchange Protocol (DEP) / NFC Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol (SNEP) / NFC Logical Link Control Protocol (LLCP) communication on Windows® 7 or later, which makes it possible to communicate with other P2P devices such as Android products.

Conforms to PC/SC 2.0 specification

PC/SC interface for applications is provided to access FeliCa cards and ISO/IEC14443 Type A / Type B cards.

Complies with ISO/IEEE 11073

Supports converting the vital data from healthcare products embedded with the NFC Dynamic Tag (FeliCa Plug) into ISO/IEEE 11073- Continua format data.

Product Specifications

Regulation requirements ・Japan : No.: AC-12005
・Canada : IC Certification No.: 409B-RCS380
・Europe : CE R&TTE(1999/5/EC)
As for the other regulation requirements, please contact us.
Communication distance (per card and device)*1 Approx. 5mm (distance from the external surface of the device)*2
Communication speed (per card and device) 106kbps, 212kbps, 424kbps
Communication method Compliant with ISO/IEC 18092 (212kbps / 424kbps Passive communication mode)
Compliant with ISO/IEC 14443 (Type A / Type B)
API PC/SC Ver. 2.0, Near Field Proximity API, FeliCa library
Compatible cards / devices ・FeliCa Standard
・FeliCa Lite
・NFC Dynamic Tag (FeliCa Plug)
・Mobile FeliCa IC mobile phone
・Pico Pass
・MIFARE Classic
・MIFARE Ultralight / Ultralight C
・ISO/IEC 14443 Type A / Type B
・ISO/IEC 14443-4 Type A / Type B (T=CL)
・NFC Forum Tag 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B
Carrier frequency (per card/device) 13.56MHz (±50ppm)
Operating temperature /humidity (no condensation) 5ºC to 35ºC / 10% to 90%
Storage temperature /humidity (no condensation) -20ºC to +60ºC / 10% to 80%
Mass Approx. 36g (excluding USB cable)
External dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 60mm x 11mm x 100mm
External interface USB (full-speed)
USB cable length Approx. 1m
Operating voltage DC 5V (supplied via USB)
Consumption current Max. 200mA during operation
Supplied accessories Instruction manual, Cardholder, dedicated stand, USB cable
*1  Communications distance depends on the peripheral environment. Under ideal conditions, this value is unaffected by electromagnetic waves or metallic substances.
*2  Value when placing the card and device with the respective midpoints coinciding to remain on the reader.
Note: Conforming to the RoHS Directive (a European environmental regulation), a halogen-type flame retardant is not used for the printed circuit board. Also, lead-free solder is used and the design is environmentally-friendly.

Driver Software

Driver software for RC-S380/S (Free-of-charge)
Driver software package
NFC Port Software
(Version. / 33MB / March. 28. 2016)

Application Development Environment

The following Software Development Kit (SDK) lineup for various operating environments supports the development of application software to control the reader. These products make it possible to implement the systems of a wide range of applications that utilize FeliCa cards/FeliCa-compatible devices, ISO/IEC14443 Type A / Type B cards and NFC Forum devices.

"SDK for NFC Lite" for Windows OS

Supports application development for ISO/IEC14443 Type A / Type B cards, as well as FeliCa cards / FeliCa-compatible devices and Mobile Wallet Phones (Osaifu-Keitai).

"SDK for NFC Starter Kit" for Windows OS

This free of charge SDK for browsing and evaluation provides a part of function of "SDK for NFC Lite". For more details, see "SDK for NFC Starter Kit"

"SDK for NFC <Reference Implementation>" for embedded devices

For other widely-adopted operating systems, such as Linux, reference source code with transplantable C language is provided to develop applications for ISO/IEC14443 Type A / Type B cards, as well as FeliCa card/FeliCa-compatible devices and Mobile Wallet Phones.

Utility Software

Utility software for NFC Tags (Free of charge)
Application to record URL data in the device that conforms to NFC Forum Type 2, 3, 4 Tag format.
NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) Writer
(Version. / 470KB / May. 31. 2013)
This is a sample application, and not covered by our support service.
Adobe AIR Runtime must be installed to execute this application.
Please download latest version of Adobe AIR Runtime from Adobe website below.

Operational Environment

Operating system Windows® 10 Home 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 10 Pro 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 10 Enterprise 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 10 Education 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 8.1 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 8.1 Pro 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 8.1 Enterprise 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 7 Starter SP1 32 bit (x86)
Windows® 7 Home Basic SP1 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 7 Professional SP1 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 7 Enterprise SP1 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows® 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows Vista® Home Basic SP2 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows Vista® Home Premium SP2 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows Vista® Business SP2 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows Vista® Enterprise SP2 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
Windows Vista® Ultimate SP2 32 bit (x86) / 64 bit (x64)
For web browser, download the latest version of internet explorer supported by the above operating system.
If using a 64-bit operating system, this product is usable only with 32-bit version of Internet Explorer.
Successful operation is not guaranteed on all PCs using the recommended operating systems.
The performance of this product depends on the specific combination of hardware and software used, even if the conditions in the previous table are satisfied.
Caution: If this product is placed on a metal surface, there is a chance that it operates improperly, such as being unable to communicate with the card. Therefore, it is recommended to use the device while remaining at least a few centimeters away from metal items such as desks and cabinets and preferably, using the dedicated stand included with this product.

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