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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


HyperLynx SI: Invaluable to my engineers

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses HyperLynx:

HyperLynx is invaluable for my design engineers.

Would you recommend HyperLynx?

Yes.

Case Study: Accuracy of PADS Library Data – Medium Enterprise Electronics Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise electronics 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.

“PADS starter libraries provide fast and accurate information. Good attributes.”

Challenges

We had problems with our previous PCB libraries:

  • Inaccurate data / incorrect build
  • Missing data / missing attributes

Use Case

  • We chose the PADS starter libraries:
    • To reduce library development time
    • For its complete part information (schematic symbol, footprints, parametric data)
    • Because they were proven in a commercial environment

Results

  • We estimate the PADS starter libraries will save us 30 – 49% on library development time, with fewer errors, reduced overall design time, and higher-quality designs.
  • With the PADS starter libraries, we’ll have:
    • Increased productivity
    • Higher confidence and less risk

Using PADS for complex PCB design

54% of PADS customers say PADS helps them with tough designs, such as highly constrained, RF, and dense, designs.

Yes: 54%
I don't design complex boards: 30%
Other: 17%

PADS Physical Design Reuse Saves Time

How many hours, per design, do you save with PADS physical design reuse?

More than a day
26%
5-8
16%
3-4
30%
1-2
28%

PADS: Superior Push-and-Shove Technology

PADS interactive routing wins again! In this survey, 53% of PADS customers rated PADS’ push and shove capabilities as being superior, or vastly superior, to other desktop PCB routing tools.

Case Study: Automotive & Transport Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise automotive & transport 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.

“PADS is easy to use and easy to teach others to use. It’s a great choice for a medium-sized company to use in a team setup.”

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over OrCAD for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance
    • Quality of support
    • Safe choice (Mentor stability)

Use Case

  • Uses or anticipates using the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • 3D Viewing
    • MCAD Interface

Results

  • Chose PADS over OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • Has been able to consistently release products on time using PADS.
  • Says that PCB layout is 5-20% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Describes PADS’ interactive (and/or automatic) routing as:
    • Having more complete routing
    • Involving less clean-up
    • Having tighter routes
    • Being easier to use than competitive tools
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.


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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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