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


Research by TechValidate

PADS Signal Integrity Case Study: Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

Challenges

  • Our biggest signal integrity challenges in PCB design are:
    • Ringing
    • Over/undershoot
    • Crosstalk
    • Timing
    • Via modeling
    • Electromagnetic simulation
    • DDRx interface / timing validation

Use Case

  • Has separate seats of HyperLynx and PADS.
  • Uses HyperLynx for post-route verification.
  • Uses HyperLynx SI in their PCB design process for the following purposes:
    • To confirm termination strategy
    • To define & validate layer stackup
    • To aid in component selection
    • To define & capture high-speed constraints to drive layout

Results

  • Saved 2 respins with HyperLynx.
  • On a scale of 1-5, rates their experiences with HyperLynx as follows:
    • Ease of use: 5
    • ‘What-if’ exploration: 4
    • Fast, thorough results: 4
    • Accuracy: 4
    • Customer support: 4

Testimonials

Has HyperLynx helped you identify and solve signal integrity issues?

YES!”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

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Case Study: Lynnerup Ecad Aps

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)
    • Reputation as a market leader in Desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses or anticipates using the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • Signal Integrity
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Automatic Routing
    • Manufacturing Output
    • 3D Viewing
  • Has been able to consistently release products on time using PADS.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro and OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Describes PADS’ interactive (and/or automatic) routing as achieving the following:
    • Faster than competitive tools
    • More complete routing
    • Less clean-up
    • Easier to use than competitive tools
  • PCB layout is > 60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

“[There’s] tight integration with the schematic, [and] easy footprint design – no confusing extra levels of padshape and padstack-libraries. [PADS has] the best interactive router on the market, [and] easy signal integrity simulation with HyperLynx.”

Source:

Per Lynnerup, PCB Designer, LYNNERUP ECAD APS

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Customer Review: HyperLynx and PADS

4.5/5 Stars

How our organization uses HyperLynx:

“We use it for signal integrity and for selecting drive strength of outputs.”

Would you recommend HyperLynx?

“Very useful tool.”

Source:

R&D Manager, Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

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Choosing PADS for the first time

To find out why customers choose PADS over other desktop PCB design tools, we asked *new* PADS customers which design challenges they are trying to address.

Improve time to market
52%
Improve product quality
51%
Design for manufacturability
49%
Reducing number of design spins
44%
Reduced development budgets
43%
Demand for higher quality products
38%
Meet cost targets
38%
Design for High speed
21%
Demand for feature rich products
13%
Better alignment with service bureau
8%
Other
8%

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

Source:

Survey of 61 new PADS customers (March 2014)

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HyperLynx SI: Invaluable to my engineers

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses HyperLynx:

“HyperLynx is invaluable for my design engineers.”

Would you recommend HyperLynx?

“Yes.”

Source:

CAD Engineer, Medium Enterprise Professional Services 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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About PADS

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