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: Large Brazilian Industrial Manufacturing Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over Allegro for its ease of use and partner compatibility.

Use Case

  • Expects to use schematic capture, component creation, and PCB layout in the next year.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • States that PADS PCB layout is > 60% faster than previous design tools.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • Describes PADS’ routing as being easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

“[PADS is] simple and logical.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

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Why You Should Include Signal Integrity Analysis in PCB Design

Top ways that PADS customers use HyperLynx signal integrity:

To define & capture high-speed constraints to drive layout
25%
To define & validate layer stackup
23%
To confirm termination strategy
21%
To aid in component selection
6%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:

Survey of 248 PADS customers

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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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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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Seamless Flow for PCB Design

“Functionality flows better using PADS. True seamless operation from library part building, to schematic capture and PCB is a notable difference.”

Source:

Hardware Manager, Federal Government

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Case Study: Pharmaceuticals Company

Challenges

  • Chose PADS over other PCB design tools for its:
    • Ease of use
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance
    • Quality of support
    • Better technology
    • Reputation as a market leader in desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses Signal Integrity and PCB Layout in the PADS ES suite.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro, Altium Designer, and OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Consistently releases products on time using PADS.
  • Describes PADS’ routing as being easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Says that PCB layout is 21-40% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

“Design rule checks and netlist comparisons from the final layout to the schematic are hugely helpful. The nice thing about using PADS is that it’s very easy to run a trace while using rules and the software is very intuitive.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Pharmaceuticals Company



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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.