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: 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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PADS Provides High Value

“The main benefits of PADS are the simple, easy to use layout of the tool and the value ($ vs. features) of the tool.”

Source:

CAD Manager, Medium Enterprise Electronics Company

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Case Study: Paradigm Devices Inc

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Best value
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance

Use Case

  • Expects to use the following parts of the PCB design flow in the next year:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • Signal Integrity
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
  • Has been able to consistently release products on time using PADS.

Results

  • Chose PADS over OrCAD PCB Layout.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Describes PADS’ interactive (and/or automatic) routing as easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

“I have been using PADS since around 1990. I tried OrCAD PCB layout once along the way, but went back to PADS for ease of use and functionality at the time. Have seen no reason to change.”

Source:

Judy Irwin, Design Engineer, Paradigm Devices Inc

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HyperLynx for Verification: Customer Review

How our organization uses HyperLynx:

“We use HyperLynx for Stackup and line width verification for impedance controlled lines.”

Would you recommend HyperLynx?

“Yes, HyperLynx is an easy tool to use.”

Source:

PCB Designer, Small Business Industrial Manufacturing Company

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Customers Choose PADS

If you were to select a new tool for PCB layout today, and the choice were up to you alone, would you choose PADS again?

Yes
77%
No
23%

Source:

Survey of 382 PADS customers

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Faster PCB Layout with PADS

80% of surveyed customers say that PCB layout is faster with PADS than with competitive tools.

5% - 60% faster: 80%
< 5%: 20%

Source:

Survey of 358 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.