TechValidate Research on PADS

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2,253 Customers Surveyed

17,607 Data Points Collected

91 Published TechFacts

12 Published Charts

35 Published Case Studies

Selected Research Highlights

Measuring the effectiveness of PADS PCB starter libraries on the overall design process

When asked about the effectiveness of the PADS starter libraries, customers replied their overall PCB design process will benefit from:

Increased productivity
Higher confidence / less risk
Faster time to market

Has HyperLynx helped you identify and solve signal integrity issues?


R&D Manager, Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

HyperLynx for Verification: Customer Review

How our organization uses HyperLynx:

We use HyperLynx for Stackup and line width verification for impedance controlled lines.

Would you recommend HyperLynx?

Yes, HyperLynx is an easy tool to use.

Case Study: S&P 500 Electronics Company


This case study of a S&P 500 electronics company is based on a May 2013 survey of PADS customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“Library structure in PADS is easy to use and doesn’t create loads of un-neccesary files like Altium and Orcad. I find it easy to switch between units mils to mm without the inaccuracies I have seen with Orcad.”


  • Looking for an easy-to-use PCB design tool.

Use Case

  • Uses the PADS ES suite for schematic capture and PCB layout.


  • 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
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

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
Improve product quality
Design for manufacturability
Reducing number of design spins
Reduced development budgets
Demand for higher quality products
Meet cost targets
Design for High speed
Demand for feature rich products
Better alignment with service bureau

Case Study: Telecom company saves time with PADS starter libraries


This case study of a small business telecommunications services company is based on a February 2015 survey of PADS starter libraries customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“I didn’t have to create every last resistor or capacitor from scratch.”


With previous libraries we were always missing parts.

Use Case

We installed the PADS starter libraries as a starting point, so we wouldn’t have to totally re-invent the wheel.


  • We estimate that the PADS starter libraries will reduce the time we normally would spend on library development by 30 – 49%.
  • With the PADS starter libraries, we’ll reduce overall design time and increase productivity.

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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.

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