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PADS PCB Design software

Empowers engineers. Unites teams. Unlocks innovation. A complete PCB design platform that includes board design and analysis technologies, cloud-enabled collaboration, part research and creation, and real-time supply-chain insights.

Why PADS Professional Premium?

Discover why PADS Professional Premium is an affordable, intuitive, easy-to-use PCB design software platform for engineers and small teams worldwide.

Industry proven technology

PADS Professional Premium is reliable and proven, providing cutting edge PCB design capabilities based on the powerful Xpedition technology.

Cloud connected

Flexible, cloud-enabled collaboration, component research, component sourcing, design and analysis management, and manufacturing.

Advanced PCB design

Fully integrated solution that scales based on the size and scope of your project. A complete PCB design platform including rigid flex design, RF technology, FPGA/PCB optimization and Multi-trace HSD tuning.

The PADS Professional Premium ecosystem

Take your electronic designs from prototype to production in one environment. You will have access to PCB design functionality, cloud collaboration and version management, part selection, library creation, component sourcing data and even more tools that enable a complete PCB Design flow.

PADS Professional Premium delivers everything you need to design your simplest to most complex PCB designs. Full function, yet easy to use, with features and technologies like:

  • Routing automation
  • Rigid-flex
  • RF design
  • Analog/mixed-signal simulation
  • Signal integrity analysis
PADS wheel: PCB design and analysis

When creating a schematic, PCB engineers have access to real-time component sourcing data, empowering them to make more informed decisions about their selected components when the cost of making changes is lowest.

Powered by Siemens SupplyFrame and connected to more than 80 suppliers worldwide, you have access to component information, including:

  • Pricing
  • Compliance
  • Availability
  • Lifecycle data
PADS wheel: supply chain resilience

With PADS Professional Premium you can store and access PCB design assets in a secure cloud workspace through any web browser, anywhere, with:

  • Built-in versioning
  • Project-history summaries
  • Check-in comments

Sharing design and BOM data with all project stakeholders and cross-functional team members is effortless and made secure with role-based team management.

PADS wheel: cloud enabled collab

Search for components from an ever-expanding catalog of millions of parts. Easily find the:

  • Symbol
  • IPC compliant footprint
  • 3D model

If the required symbol or footprint for a part is not found, you can use the Part Creation Service to easily request that this library information be created, or you can create custom library elements using either of two wizard-based apps that provide part builder templates for symbols and a guided IPC compliant footprint builder.

PADS wheel: part research and creation

With PADS Professional Premium both the PCB and the mechanical engineer stay in sync, leveraging best-in-class ProSTEP file exchange format (IDX), making collaboration convenient, accurate and effective.

This can be done while both PCB and MCAD designers are working in their own environments. Experience native integration with Siemens NX and SolidEdge or collaborate with some of the other most popular MCAD design tools such as:

  • SolidWorks
  • Catia
  • Creo

PADS Professional Premium DFM is a new solution that brings world-class, comprehensive Design for Manufacture (DFM) analysis directly into your PADS Professional Premium environment.

PADS Professional Premium DFM contains everything offered with PADS Professional Premium including schematic capture, PCB Layout, pre and post layout simulation, analog/mixed signal simulation, cloud-based data management and collaboration, integration with multiple component distributors to identify supply chain issues, and part research, selection, and downloadable part symbols and footprints.

PADS wheel: PCB manufacturing

A complete portfolio of learning paths for schematic design, constraint definition, PCB layout, and library creation and management.

  • Included with a PADS Professional Premium subscription
  • Access to cloud-based environment for hands-on lab exercises
  • Access to new training content added during the subscription period
  • Knowledge assessments to measure learning progress
PADS wheel: on-demand learning
"The most helpful feature of PADS Professional is the new routing system (sketch route), and the wide variety of constraints. The new DFM analysis is also a great addition."
Surpanu A,, Small-business owner

Learn more about PADS Professional Premium

PADS Professional Premium covers all a designer’s needs from the simplest to most complex designs. Learn more by exploring our resources.

PADS Professional for Startup Companies

The PADS Professional for Startups program provides eligible startups with discounted access to a complete solution for PCB design software, including schematic and layout with integrated design data management, component research, and real-time component sourcing knowledge.

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