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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Best Value in PCB Design

We chose PADS over other PCB design tools because it offers the best value.

Source:

Zsolt Bolvari, Team leader Hardware Engineer, Greensolar Equipment Manufacturing LTD

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Case Study: Selesta Ingegneria Spa

Challenges

  • Chose PADS over Altium Designer and OrCAD for its ease of use and 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
    • Signal Integrity
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Automatic Routing

Results

  • Chose PADS over Altium Designer and OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • Has 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

“With PADS, I have always satisfied the demands of my clients.”

Source:

Enrico Monti, PCB Designer, Selesta Ingegneria Spa

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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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Why You Should Include Signal Integrity Analysis in PCB Design

Top ways that PADS customers use HyperLynx signal integrity:

To define & capture high-speed constraints to drive layout
25%
To define & validate layer stackup
23%
To confirm termination strategy
21%
To aid in component selection
6%

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

Source:

Survey of 248 PADS customers

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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 and DxDesigner: a powerful combination

“I use DxDesigner for schematic capture, and PADS to review the finished layouts. I find the interface between PADS and DxDesigner to be very powerful, especially cross probing.”

Source:

Electrical Engineer, Small Business Telecommunications Equipment 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.