850 Universal Interface


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Introducing PASCO Capstone and the 850 Universal Interface Video

Learn about the power that the new PASCO Capstone software and 850 Universal Interface bring to today’s physics and engineering education labs.




Take a quick tour of the features and components of PASCO’s new 850 Universal Interface for physics and engineering education in this brief unboxing.


The most powerful educational lab interface in the world.

The 850 is PASCO’s most flexible interface and is designed specifically to be used in conjunction with the powerful PASCO Capstone software.

The 850 interface boasts four digital inputs, four analog ports, four PASPORT sensor ports, a 15 W function generator, dual high speed function generators and much more.

The Four Digital Inputs allow direct use of photogates and other digital sensors (such as Time-of-Flight), with no adapter needed!  The four analog inputs can be used with PASCO’s entire line of analog CI sensors.  Plug voltage sensors into them and measure voltages to ±20 V at sample rates of up to 10 MHz on 1 or 2 channels or 1 MHz on four channels.

The four PASPORT sensor ports accept any of the more than 70 available PASPORT sensors.   And ScienceWorkshop and PASPORT sensors can be used together meaning that there are over 120 sensors to choose from to meet any application.

The outputs on the 850 include a 15 Watt Function generator which supplies up to ±15 V @ 1 A, DC and AC.  Both the output voltage and current are measured directly by the 850 and can be recorded as data.

Waveforms include sine, triangle, square and ramp (all with DC offset), with a frequency range of 0.001 Hz to 100 kHz.  The two additional Function Generators supply low power at higher frequencies (up to 500 kHz), with independent control of frequency, waveform, amplitude and phase shift.

It’s “Universal” because the 850 interface:

  • Works with both blue PASPORT and black ScienceWorkshop sensors
  • Can be used simultaneously with other PASPORT interfaces
  • Is controlled with PASCO’s new Capstone Software which also controls all other PASCO USB interfaces
  • Is a 100 kHz signal generator, 15 W power amplifier, and 10 MHz sample rate oscilloscope all in one device.

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Powered by PASCO Capstone software

The 850 interface was designed for (and requires the use of) PASCO Capstone software.  Together they form the most powerful data acquisition, display and analysis system available for science education.

Some of the features of PASCO Capstone are easily created and formatted workbook pages, the ability to undo or redo every action, simple to use tables, video capture and sync, a calibration wizard, the ability to open legacy DataStudio files and much more.

All of which makes this software powerful as well as flexible.  Whether you want your students to explore and create lab write-ups on their own or you want to tailor a lab write-up with very specific instructions, PASCO Capstone has the power and flexibility to meet the needs of your lab.
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Capstone is a completely new software program. It was designed in conjunction with the 850 interface but is compatible with all PASCO USB interfaces.



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