Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics are working together to create error free access to Design Service Providers.
The use of a Design Service Provider is NOT required. The intention is to provide access for those folks who would find it valuable.
From my own perspective, I like to have complete control over the schematic and BOM and most of the time I'll do my own PCB layout. If I get in a time jam or I need "expert" help (for high speed signal routing, any RF design sections or when connections density exceeds my skills) then I outsource (some or all of the PCB layout).
I know who I like to work with (proven success) but the more important question is: Who do you like to work with?
Feel free to suggest a Design Service Provider either directly through the community or by sending a note (use the private message function of TechXchange community)
If you represent a Design Service Provider:
Please send a private message through this community. (I will forward to the appropriate Digi-Key & Mentor Graphics staff).
I have not sent a design to them yet since it is not ready but I've talked with the people at Cirexx numerous times about my needs and have been very impressed. They even gave me a rough idea on price just as a reference. I told them about some of the quotes I received and wanted to make sure they would fit in my budget.
They were recommended by a friend who works in the semiconductor manufacturing sector and his company uses them for prototypes and small runs.
When my designs are ready they will be going to them.