TechValidate Research on PADS

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2,093 Customers Surveyed

16,533 Data Points Collected

91 Published TechFacts

12 Published Charts

35 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


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Case Study: Chinese Health Care Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over Altium Designer for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Best value
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance
    • Company standard
    • Quality of support
    • Better technology
    • Safe choice (Mentor stability)

Results

  • Chose PADS over Altium Designer.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • States that PCB layout is 41-60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Describes PADS’ routing as being faster and easier to use than competitive tools with more complete routing.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

PADS is easy to learn. It has good performance with fast autorouting.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Health Care Company

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Great Results with PADS

“The benefits we’ve seen from using PADS include increased productivity, improved DFM and fewer design errors.”

Source:

R&D Engineer, Medium Enterprise Electronics Company

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Case Study: Professional Services Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Best value
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance
    • Partner compatibility (e.g. service bureaus, reference designs)
    • Company standard
    • Better technology
    • Reputation as a market leader in Desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses or anticipates using the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Component Creation
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • States that PCB layout is > 60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

PADS has a large user base. Stable software. Ease of use. Excellent tool suite and feature set.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Professional Services Company

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Reducing Prototypes with PADS

Does the PADS design flow help you reduce PCB prototypes?

Yes: 60%
No: 40%

Source:

Survey of 290 PADS customers

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Using PADS for complex PCB design

Does PADS help you with tough designs, such as highly constrained, RF, or dense, designs?

Yes: 54%
I don't design complex boards: 30%
Other: 17%

Source:

Survey of 453 PADS customers

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You want user controls?

50% of surveyed customers rated PADS’ interactive routing as having superior, or vastly superior, user controls compared to other desktop PCB routing tools.

Source:

Survey of 316 PADS customers



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About PADS

PADS®, Mentor Graphics’ desktop PCB design tool, enables development of PCBs within a highly productive, scalable, and easy-to-use environment.