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A New Way to Work, a New Way to Think

The Future of Molecular Testing Is in Your Hands.

Unprecedented demand to do more with less and colossal challenges require innovative solutions. Introducing the cobas® 6800/8800 Systems. Setting the standard for routine molecular testing. Finally, the opportunity to run molecular testing YOUR way.



Unparalleled turn-around-time (TAT) and throughput1

Highest walkaway times for meaningful "workaway" time

  • Ready-to-use reagents do not require thawing, mixing or pouring
  • Automated onboard storage and refrigeration system enable ready access and maintain inventory of consumables and reagents
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and barcodes ensure full traceability from sample in to results out Uni- and bi-directional LIS interface simplifies order and result handling




Achieve absolute automation from sample tube onward


Fully integrated contamination prevention




Flexible sample loading, processing and testing

  • Allows for mixed batching, making it possible to performup to 3 tests in the same run with no pre-sorting required
  • Optimizes sample utilization, allowing you to process up to 3 different tests from the menu using a single patient sample
  • Simplifies testing workflow by using universal processes, consumables and reagents so you can run any test when you want
  • Offers a broad and expanding assay menu to meet your needs today and in the future
  • A dedicated priority lane enables fast and easy handling of high-priority samples

Explore the future of molecular testing

Take hold of the future with cobas® 6800/8800 Systems

1. Lucic D, Jones S, Wiesneth R, et al. J Clin Microbiol. 2013;51(12):4050-4054.



cobas® 6800 System

Absolute automation, from sample tube onward

Designed to provide a fully integrated real-time PCR workflow, the cobas® 6800 can run up to 384 tests in an 8-hour shift — 1,344 tests in 24 hours — with minimal user interactions and up to 8 hours of walk-away time.


cobas® 8800 System

Absolute automation, from sample tube onward

Designed to provide a fully integrated real-time PCR workflow, the cobas® 8800 System can run up to 960 tests in an 8-hour shift — 3,072 tests in 24 hours — with minimal user interactions and up to 4 hours of walk-away time per run when running at maximum capacity.



cobas® 6800/8800 Systems Specifications Comparison


  Cobas 6800 Cobas 8800
Time to first results (up to 96 tests) <3.5 hours
Subsequent batches (96 tests) Every 90 minutes thereafter Every 30 minutes thereafter
Maximum throughput *
(8 hours | 24 hours)
384 | 1,344 tests 960 | 3,072 tests
Walk-away time * 8 hours 4 hours
Maximum number of tests per run 96 tests, including controls
Results released Plates of up to 96 tests, with up to 3 assays per plate
User interactions 1. Load/unload samples, load reagents and consumables as needed
2. Remove waste (solid and liquid)
3. Review and release results

Onboard inventory

  Cobas 6800 Cobas 8800
Samples 350
Assay reagent cassettes Up to 12
Control cassettes Up to 8
cobas omni MGP reagent 2 4
cobas omni specimen diluent reagent
(1 L bottle)
2 4
cobas omni lysis reagent (1 L bottle) 2 4
cobas omni wash reagent (5 L bottle) 3 6
cobas omni processing plates 8 16
cobas omni amplification plates 8 16
cobas omni pipette tips 8 16

Compatible tubes (both Systems)

Tube dimensions acceptable for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 System:

Tube size Acceptable measurement (mm)
Height 65–103
Outside diameter (includes barcode label) 12–16.2

Barcode types supported — both Systems (1–23 characters)

The cobas® 6800/8800 System only supports ASCII Codes 32–126 in the barcode.

  • Codabar
  • Code 128
  • Code 39
  • Code Interleaved 2 of 5
  • Code 93
  • Code EAN-8
  • Code EAN-13 (including JAN code)

Power supply

  Cobas 6800 Cobas 8800
Line voltage 200–240 VAC +/- 10%
Line frequency 50/60 Hz +/- 5%
Maximum power 3500 VA 8200 VA
Insulation coordination Installation Category II
(IEC 61010-1)

Dimensions and weight

  Cobas 6800 Cobas 8800
  Fixed Moveable  
Instrument dimension 292 x 216 x 129 cm
(W x H x D)
292 x 222 x 129 cm
(W x H x D)
429 x 216 x 129 cm
(W x H x D)
Instrument weight
— Excluding instrument gateway server
— Including instrument gateway server
1573 kg
1624 kg
1701 kg
1752 kg
2354 kg
2405 kg

Instrument gateway (both Systems)

  • Functions as a central server when interconnecting and operating multiple Systems
  • System interconnectivity: Up to 5 analytic systems and 4 poolers managed by a single instrument gateway
  • LIS connectivity: Uni- and bi-directional communication using HL7 standard protocol

Contamination prevention (both Systems)

  • Airlock doors with HEPA filtration
  • Pipette tips with filter technology
  • Dedicated pipette tips for each sample transfer and for transfer of extracted nucleic acid
  • Stainless steel 8-fold needle pipetting transfers assay-specific reagents, controls and other bulk reagents required for sample preparation and amplification; washed after each use
  • Automatic heat-sealing of cobas omni Amplification Plate

Pre-analytic solutions

The cobas® 6800/8800 Systems will accept primary and secondary uncapped tubes in standard 5-position sample racks and are designed to be compatible with laboratory automation and conveying systems.

* May vary based on workflow demands


cobas® 6800/8800 Test Menu

Committed to investment in menu expansion

A vision for menu consolidation

Virology Qualitative Menu
Omni Channel

† This product is in development. This product is not available for use in the U.S.


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