Switch from PADS to Cadence PCB

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Common Challenges with Mentor Siemens Digital Industries PADS PCB

  • Lack of New Features and Investment
    Have you noticed the new feature notes for PADS seems to be shrinking each release? Is it clear Siemens has other priorities and is not focused on keeping up the pace of innovation to match your investment and needs?
  • No Scalability
    Are you being pressured to move to a more expensive Xpedition or PADS Pro (Xpedition Lite) platform that requires re-training, new libraries, and explicitly prevents backward compatibility with your PADS software?
  • Non-Existent Engineering Data Management
    Are you forced to either upgrade your entire design environment or limit yourself to ad hoc data management methods to keep your design files, versions, and libraries out of chaos because an integrated solution does not exist from Siemens for PADS users?
  • Limited & Disconnected Design Rules
    Limited routing rules in PADS not cutting it for today’s designs? Are you struggling with routing a DDR 3/4 design with PADS rule set? Are you having issues with BGA breakouts causing lots of errors, due to the lack of area rules?
  • Finding New Designers Familar with PADS
    Is staffing your team and keeping up with workload becoming an issue? As Siemens stops their investment in PADS is finding designers who are PADS knowledgeable becoming harder and harder?

Any of these issues familar?

If so, it doesn’t have to be this way. Learn more about what Cadence has to offer or reach out to one of our design experts to take advantage of our special offers to transition you to a PCB design platform with a future.


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6 Reasons to Switch to Cadence

Get access to the complete design platform built to grow with you at YOUR pace, without restrictions.

Experience the Freedom of Truly Scalable Design

Cadence has architected their tools with a common, scalable infrastructure which allows teams to seamlessly move up and down in capability without expensive re-training and re-platforming. Easily mix and match features while still being able to share and leverage common libraries and design data to maximize the value of your IP.

Constant Innovation is Part of the Cadence DNA

You never stop innovating so neither can your CAD tool vendor. Leading the industry with over 35% of revenue re-invested into R&D and a regular stream of quarterly feature releases, you get a vendor just as committed to innovation as you are.

Make First Pass Success an Expectation Not an Aspirational Goal

Your CAD tool should empower you to achieve first-pass success on every design. Cadence is built to prevent issues and solve design and manufacturing problems early in the process in-context of the design as a whole. While some vendors talk about “shift-left”, Cadence users have been living it.

Data Management is an Inherent Part of the Design Platform

Keeping track of revisions, libraries, and design files should be a key enabler to repeatable design success, not a hindrance. Cadence provides integrated tools to make engineering data management a natural part of your design process. Get all the benefits of a managed design environment without the hassle.

Best-in-Class Flows and Technology Everywhere

Cadence has developed the only best-in-class, integrated flow that covers design, analysis, data management, and enterprise integration all in one cohesive design flow.

Switching is Easy

Our team is here to help you every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition. From translation support to training and guidance on best practices, we're here to help you plan for the future without impacting the important work you are doing today.

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