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

Case Study: Industrial Manufacturing Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for its proven performance.

Use Case

  • Uses or anticipates using the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Schematic Capture
    • PCB Layout
    • Automatic Routing

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro and OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • Describes PADS routing as being easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Says that PCB layout is > 60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Testimonials

PADS is a complete solution to PCB design.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Industrial Manufacturing Company

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PADS Customer Testimonial - Library Management

“The simplicity of designing in PADS is a plus. Being able 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:

CAD Manager, Small Business Aerospace & Defense Company

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Case Study: Large Brazilian Industrial Manufacturing Company

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over Allegro for its ease of use and partner compatibility.

Use Case

  • Expects to use schematic capture, component creation, and PCB layout in the next year.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • States that PADS PCB layout is > 60% faster than previous design tools.
  • 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

“[PADS is] simple and logical.”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

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HyperLynx Reduces PCB Respins

Three fewer respins/design!

PADS customers using HyperLynx in their design flow saved an average of three respins per design.

Source:

Survey of 95 PADS customers

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Why Customers Choose PADS Over Altium

Why did you or your company choose PADS over Altium?

Ease of Use
38%
Proven Performance
31%
Best Value
27%
Simple Learning Curve
26%
Partner Compatibility (e.g. Service Bureaus, Reference Designs)
26%

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

Source:

Survey of 211 users who chose PADS over Altium Designer

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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.