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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: Selesta Ingegneria Spa

Introduction

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

“With PADS, I have always satisfied the demands of my clients.”

Challenges

  • Chose PADS over Altium Designer and OrCAD for its ease of use and reputation as a market leader in desktop PCB design.

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose PADS over Altium Designer and OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • Has 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.

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: Aerospace & Defense Company

Introduction

This case study of a small business aerospace & defense 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.

“The interaction between schematic and layout facilitates initial setup and routing much faster than my previous tool, Protel 98. Interactive (push and shove) routing has been invaluable, a feature that Protel lacked completely.”

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Best value
    • Proven performance
    • Safe choice (Mentor stability)
    • Reputation as a market leader in desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses the full flow of the PADS ES suite, including:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • Analog Simulation
    • Thermal Analysis
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Automatic Routing
    • Manufacturing Output
    • MCAD Interface

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro, Altium Designer, and OrCAD.
  • States that PCB layout is 41-60% faster with PADS than with previous design tools.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.

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%

Seamless Flow for PCB Design

Functionality flows better using PADS. True seamless operation from library part building, to schematic capture and PCB is a notable difference.

Hardware Manager, Federal Government

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%


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About PADS

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