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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


You want user controls?

50% of surveyed customers rated PADS’ interactive routing as having superior, or vastly superior, user controls compared to other desktop PCB routing tools.

Case Study: Avolites Ltd

Introduction

This case study of Avolites Ltd is based on a May 2013 survey of PADS customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Physical reuse is a great tool, library creation is much better than CADSTAR, and split planes are very easy to create.”

Challenges

  • Find a PCB design tool that is easy to use and feature rich.

Use Case

  • Expects to use the following parts of the PCB design flow in the next year:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • Signal Integrity
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Automatic Routing
    • Design for Manufacturing Analysis
    • Manufacturing Output

Results

  • Chose PADS over OrCAD and CADSTAR.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • States that PADS PCB layout is 21-40% faster than with previous design tools.
  • Found PADS’ interactive routing easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Case Study: Pharmaceuticals Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise pharmaceuticals 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.

“Design rule checks and netlist comparisons from the final layout to the schematic are hugely helpful. The nice thing about using PADS is that it’s very easy to run a trace while using rules and the software is very intuitive.”

Challenges

  • Chose PADS over other PCB design tools for its:
    • Ease of use
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance
    • Quality of support
    • Better technology
    • Reputation as a market leader in desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses Signal Integrity and PCB Layout in the PADS ES suite.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro, Altium Designer, and OrCAD.
  • 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.
  • Says that PCB layout is 21-40% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Save Time with PADS Physical Design Reuse

Customers were asked how many hours they save per design with PADS Physical Design Reuse.

More than a day: 26%
5-8 hours: 16%
3-4 hours: 30%
1-2 hours: 27%

Faster PCB Layout with PADS

80% of surveyed customers say that PCB layout is faster with PADS than with competitive tools.

5% - 60% faster: 80%
< 5%: 20%

PADS is an Industry Favorite

[The benefits of PADS include] ease of software use with great depth of functionality. Vast market place usage and customer base. Many well trained users.

Mike Creeden, Owner/President, SAN DIEGO PCB INC



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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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