Fondazione Bruno Kessler: FBK
FBK (former ITC-irst), is a non-profit body with a public interest mission (having private-law status), with nearly 30 years of research activities in information technologies, micro-systems, and physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces. FBK-CMM collaborates with industry, universities, and public and private laboratories in Italy and abroad for research projects and R&D activities. Personnel at the centre consist of around 350 researchers, nearly half of which are permanent employees. Established in 1991, the microfabrication facilities of FBK-CMM have become one of the national reference points for the research and the development of Silicon integrated microsystems and related technologies for MEMS and microsensors. The availability of a microfabrication facility (500 mq, class 10 Clean Room) as well as the related design, modelling and testing capabilities allows the in-house development of a variety of micronsize devices ranging from silicon integrated microsensors, biosensors and BioMEMS to custom designed ASIC-CMOS. With their close network of alliances and collaborations, FBK also conducts research in theoretical nuclear physics, networking and telecommunications, and social sciences.