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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


Reducing Prototypes with PADS

Does the PADS design flow help you reduce PCB prototypes?

Yes: 60%
No: 40%

Why we chose PADS

Almost all of our customers use PADS, so it’s an easy choice for us.

R&D Engineer, Small Business Professional Services Company

Why Customers Choose PADS Over Altium

Customers chose PADS over Altium for its:

Ease of Use
38%
Proven Performance
31%
Best Value
27%
Simple Learning Curve
26%
Partner Compatibility (e.g. Service Bureaus, Reference Designs)
26%

Case Study: Large Brazilian Industrial Manufacturing Company

Introduction

This case study of a large enterprise 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] simple and logical.”

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over Allegro for its ease of use and partner compatibility.

Use Case

  • Expects to use schematic capture, component creation, and PCB layout in the next year.

Results

  • Chose PADS over Allegro.
  • Became productive in PADS in 3-4 weeks.
  • States that PADS PCB layout is > 60% faster than previous design tools.
  • Has consistently released products on time using PADS.
  • Describes PADS’ routing as being easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Case Study: Paradigm Devices Inc

Introduction

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

“I have been using PADS since around 1990. I tried OrCAD PCB layout once along the way, but went back to PADS for ease of use and functionality at the time. Have seen no reason to change.”

Challenges

  • Purchased PADS over other PCB design tools for the following reasons:
    • Ease of use
    • Best value
    • Simple learning curve
    • Proven performance

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
  • Has been able to consistently release products on time using PADS.

Results

  • Chose PADS over OrCAD PCB Layout.
  • Became productive in PADS in 1-2 weeks.
  • Describes PADS’ interactive (and/or automatic) routing as easier to use than competitive tools.
  • Would recommend PADS to a friend.

Flexibility To Conquer Any Design Challenge

I am able to do anything I need to get done with PADS. There is enough flexibility to conquer any design challenge.

Carey Favorite, PCB Designer, Data Sciences International (DSI)



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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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