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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


Case Study: Small Business Wholesale Distribution Company

Introduction

This case study of a small business wholesale distribution company is based on a October 2013 survey of HyperLynx in the PADS flow customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

Challenges

  • Our biggest signal integrity challenges are:
    • SERDES support
    • DDRx interface / timing validation

Use Case

  • Uses HyperLynx SI as part of the PADS ES suite.
  • Uses HyperLynx SI for pre-layout & post-route analysis.
  • Uses HyperLynx SI in their PCB design process for the following purposes:
    • To define & validate layer stackup
    • To define & capture high-speed constraints to drive layout

Results

  • We use HyperLynx signal integrity analysis as part of our PADS PCB design flow.
  • On a scale of 1-5, we give HyperLynx signal integrity a “5” for:
    • Ease of use
    • ‘What-if’ exploration
    • Fast, thorough results
    • Accuracy
    • Customer support

PADS Works!

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

CAD Manager, Small Business Aerospace & Defense Company

Quality, On-Time Design

PADS allows me to design boards faster. The result is a quality design in the time frame specified for the project.

PCB Designer, S&P 500 Electronics Company

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%

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
52%
Improve product quality
51%
Design for manufacturability
49%
Reducing number of design spins
44%
Reduced development budgets
43%
Demand for higher quality products
38%
Meet cost targets
38%
Design for High speed
21%
Demand for feature rich products
13%
Better alignment with service bureau
8%
Other
8%

Case Study: S&P 500 Electronics Company

Introduction

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.”

Challenges

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

Use Case

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

Results

  • 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.


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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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