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: Professional Services Company

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)
    • Company standard
    • Better technology
    • Reputation as a market leader in Desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses or anticipates using the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Component Creation
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • States that PCB layout is > 60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

PADS has a large user base. Stable software. Ease of use. Excellent tool suite and feature set.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Professional Services Company

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Flexibility To Conquer Any Design Challenge

“I am able to do anything I need to get done with PADS. There is enough flexibility to conquer any design challenge.”

Source:

Carey Favorite, PCB Designer, Data Sciences International (DSI)

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PADS Works!

“With PADS we are able to create board designs faster and with fewer mistakes.”

Source:

CAD Manager, Small Business Aerospace & Defense 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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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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Case Study: Choosing PADS over Allegro

Challenges

  • Plans to solve the following key design challenges:
    • Improve time to market
    • Improve product quality
    • Design for high speed
    • Design for manufacturability
  • Find a PCB tool that is:
    • Easy to use
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance

Use Case

  • Purchased PADS ES Suite
  • Conducts 76% – 100% of designs in-house

Results

  • Chose PADS over Cadence Allegro
  • Plans to use the following PADS capabilities:
    • Schematic capture
    • PCB layout
    • Automated routing

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Electronics 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.