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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Contracting PCB Layout to a Third Party

“Our layout work is done by an outside company. They are very happy with PADS and most of their other customers use [PADS] software too.”

Source:

Support Engineer, Large Enterprise Electronics Company

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Case Study: Fiber Optic Sensor Solutions

Challenges

  • Find a PCB design tool with proven performance and a simple learning curve

Use Case

  • Uses the full flow of the PADS ES suite.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro and Altium Designer.
  • 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

“[The benefits of PADS include]:

  • Intuitive interface
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Only useful files generated compared to other softwares
  • Ease of creating new parts and footprints
  • Efficient DFM tools”

Source:

Jean Bizouard, R&D Engineer, OPSENS INC

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PADS Focuses on PCB Design Tasks

“Using PADS has made me a better designer since I can focus on the design task instead of having to work around the software shortcomings that other packages have.”

Source:

Steve Alesso, VP, PCB Design, Tritec Design

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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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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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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.