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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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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Value of Mentor

“We appreciate having a Mentor-labeled tool with functional continuity. With PADS, there is no need to relearn everything with each new revision.”

Source:

Design Engineer, Large Enterprise Professional Services Company

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Case Study: Avolites Ltd

Challenges

  • Find a PCB design tool that is easy to use and feature rich.

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
    • Automatic Routing
    • Design for Manufacturing Analysis
    • Manufacturing Output

Results

  • Chose PADS over OrCAD and CADSTAR.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • States that PADS PCB layout is 21-40% faster than with previous design tools.
  • Found PADS’ interactive routing easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

“Physical reuse is a great tool, library creation is much better than CADSTAR, and split planes are very easy to create.”

Source:

Alwyn Fernandes, PCB Designer, Avolites Ltd

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PADS Autorouting Saves Time

83% agree

83% of surveyed customers agree that PADS automatic routing saves time.

Source:

Survey of 84 users of Mentor Graphics PADS who interactively route critical nets and automatically route non-critical nets

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Case Study: Aerospace & Defense Company

Challenges

  • Looking for a PCB design tool with good value and a short learning curve.

Use Case

  • Uses the full flow of the PADS ES suite, including:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • Thermal Analysis
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Design for Manufacturing Analysis
    • Manufacturing Output
    • 3D Viewing
    • MCAD Interface

Results

  • Became productive in PADS in 1-3 months.
  • Describes PADS’ routing as being easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Says that PCB layout is 5-20% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

“The simplicity of designing with PADS is a plus. The ability to alter footprints (decals) in the design helps to adjust designs to changing parameters. Library management, including symbols, decal, and part attributes, are a major plus in getting information to manufacturing in a consistent and timely manner.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Aerospace & Defense Company

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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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About PADS

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