We want to try several experiments with JCOP JavaCard programming. What is the cheapest JavaCard / Development Kit option? I do not mind paying for the card reader and cards. What I try to avoid is paying for the (potentially expensive) vendor SDK for that card. So we need some JCOP card that could be used with free SDK from Oracle / GlobalPlatform. Please advice!
Assuming that you need contactless NFC card to communicate with smartphone over NFC, it appears that this card is one of the cheapest options available that fits your requirements:
It costs about $6.50 per unit, runs reasonably recent version of JavaCard and GlobalPlatform. Need to get more info about the following:
From the page 10 of this document from NXP website we have the following specs for J3A040 CL card:
Another card suggestion:
NXP JCOP CJ3A081 (NFC) - need to dig its specs ....