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cross-talk  undesired capacitive interactions between two adjacent metal lines in the multilevel metallization scheme of an integrated circuit; to allow device operation at high frequency cross-talk must be prevented by using interlayer insulator featuring as low dielectric constant (k) as possible.
multilevel interconnect, MLI  interconnect scheme in integrated circuits implemented in several levels; metal lines are stacked into several levels (as many as ten and more), are electrically isolated by interlayer low-k dielectric, and are vertically interconnected through vias; MLI is needed to save space on the surface of the chip and to reduce RC losses in very high density integrated circuits.
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