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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: Industrial Manufacturing Company

Introduction

This case study of a small business industrial manufacturing 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 a complete solution to PCB design.”

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for its proven performance.

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro and OrCAD.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • Describes PADS routing as being easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Says that PCB layout is > 60% faster with PADS than with previous design 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
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%

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%

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.

Ensure Compliance with High-Speed Design Constraints

PADS customers rely on real-time monitoring tools, such as the trace-length monitor and spreadsheet view, to ensure compliance with high-speed design constraints.

PADS Customer Testimonial – Library Management

The simplicity of designing in PADS is a plus. Being able to alter footprints (decals) in the design helps to adjust designs to changing parameters. Library management including symbols, decal, and part attributes are a major plus in getting information to manufacturing in a consistent and timely manner.

CAD Manager, Small Business Aerospace & Defense Company



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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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