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: Aerospace & Defense Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Best value
    • Proven performance
    • Safe choice (Mentor stability)
    • Reputation as a market leader in desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses the full flow of the PADS ES suite, including:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • Analog Simulation
    • Thermal Analysis
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Automatic Routing
    • Manufacturing Output
    • MCAD Interface

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro, Altium Designer, and OrCAD.
  • States that PCB layout is 41-60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.

Testimonials

“The interaction between schematic and layout facilitates initial setup and routing much faster than my previous tool, Protel 98. Interactive (push and shove) routing has been invaluable, a feature that Protel lacked completely.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Aerospace & Defense Company

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PADS Saves Time

“The best feature I have seen to date [with PADS] is the ability to flip the board when you have components on both sides of the board. This reduces the time [needed to] turn on/off layers to see through the board when placing parts or routing the board.”

Source:

Thomas Ensley, PCB Designer, Cequent Performance Products, Electrical Division

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Case Study: Industrial Manufacturing Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for its proven performance.

Use Case

  • Uses or anticipates using the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Schematic Capture
    • PCB Layout
    • Automatic Routing

Results

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

Testimonials

PADS is a complete solution to PCB design.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Industrial Manufacturing Company

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Measuring the effectiveness of PADS PCB starter libraries on the overall design process

When asked about the effectiveness of the PADS starter libraries, customers replied their overall PCB design process will benefit from:

Increased productivity
45%
Higher confidence / less risk
44%
Faster time to market
27%
Other
18%

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

Source:

TechValidate survey of 154 users of PADS PCB starter libraries

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PADS Physical Design Reuse Saves Time

How many hours do you save per design with PADS physical design reuse?

More than a day
26%
5-8
16%
3-4
30%
1-2
28%

Source:

Survey of 162 PADS customers

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PADS is for Professionals

“The tools and interface in Altium are rather for amateurs and beginners, while PADS is for professionals.”

Source:

PCB Designer, Small Business Industrial Manufacturing 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.