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

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

Easy to Use Library Structure

PADS library structure is easy to use and doesn’t create loads of unnecessary files like Altium and Orcad. I find it easy to switch between units, mils to mm, without the inaccuracies I have seen with Orcad.

CAD Manager, S&P 500 Electronics Company

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
Improve product quality
Design for manufacturability
Reducing number of design spins
Reduced development budgets
Demand for higher quality products
Meet cost targets
Design for High speed
Demand for feature rich products
Better alignment with service bureau

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
To define & validate layer stackup
To confirm termination strategy
To aid in component selection

Case Study: Health Care Company


This case study of a medium enterprise health care 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.

“From the company’s standpoint, it is easier to find PCB Designers with PADS experience than other CAD systems.”


  • Purchased PADS over Allegro and Altium Designer for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance
    • Partner compatibility (e.g. service bureaus, reference designs)
    • Reputation as a market leader in desktop PCB design

Use Case

  • Uses the following parts of the PADS ES suite:
    • Schematic Capture
    • Component Creation
    • PCB Layout
    • Interactive Routing
    • Manufacturing Output


  • Chose PADS over Allegro and Altium Designer.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • Describes PADS routing as being faster than competitive tools and involving less clean-up.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Case Study: Solving the problem of incomplete PCB library data


This case study of a small business health care 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.

“The starter library provides me with a good framework from which I can develop my own library.”


With previous libraries, we had troubles with inaccurate data and incomplete library data.

Use Case

We installed the PADS starter libraries to reduce library development time and to get complete part information (schematic symbol, footprints, parametric data).


  • We estimate we’ll spend 10 – 29% less time on library development by using the PADS starter libraries.
  • Benefits of the PADS starter libraries include:
    • Fewer errors
    • Reduced overall design time
    • Higher quality designs
    • Increased manufacturability
    • Higher confidence / less risk

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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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