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3M Introduces a New XGA Projector For the Largest of Venues

2300 ANSI Lumens Projector is Powerful and Feature Rich

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Meeting professionals who conduct presentations in large-group settings will be glad to know there is now an alternative to the old three-gun projectors. The 3M(TM) Multimedia Projector MP8780 -- a long-term solution for bright, sharp presentations in the largest of meeting environments - projects 2,300 ANSI lumens and offers a wide range of features for presenters who demand advanced features in a meeting tool. Designed for typical fixed installations, the 3M MP8780 packs true XGA resolution and employs intelligent image scaling for SXGA, UXGA, SVGA and VGA resolution for crisp, clear images. Other features include a picture-in- picture display, five input channels (two data /three video or three data/two video) and various lens options -- making it an ideal alternative to the three-gun projector. "The 3M MP8780 rounds out 3M's line of multimedia projectors and provides large-group presenters with a high-quality, fully-featured XGA projector," stated Bob Richards, business unit manager for 3M Electronic Projection Systems. "Whether it is presenting a case study to a university class or delivering an annual report to a shareholder-filled auditorium, the 3M MP8780 is the perfect choice for anyone presenting to large groups."

The 3M Advantage -- Brightness, Power and Flexibility The 3M MP8780 offers any presenter ultimate flexibility with optimal viewing features such as power zoom, power focus and manual lens shift. The projector's picture-in-picture (PIP) option lets users incorporate two images into a presentation simultaneously, so that a wide-variety of images from a document camera, VCR or DVD can be displayed for large audiences. The remote control offers users five presentation tools: freeze, magnify, point, blank and a timer. The projector also offers five input channels for the simultaneous connection of two computers and three video signals or two video and three computer signals. The 3M MP8780 also incorporates a USB port for easy computer-mouse connectivity. "Powerful, large-group XGA projectors have come a long way and are an important segment in the multimedia projector industry," stated Bob O'Donnell, analyst with International Data Corporation (IDC). "The true benefit of these projectors will be seen as more and more presenters rely on them for their large-group presentations. It is only a matter of time before multimedia projectors become the meeting tool of choice." Pricing and Availability The 3M MP8780 is available now with a suggested retail price of $12,999. For additional information about the 3M MP8780, along with the entire family of 3M multimedia projectors, please call 800.952.4059, or visit the 3M Web site at http://www.3M.com/meetings.

About 3M Visual Systems Division 3M Visual Systems Division is a leading supplier of meeting and presentation solutions for the meeting room, training room and classroom. Products and services developed and marketed by the division include transparency films, overhead projectors, multimedia projectors and the 3M Meeting Network, a comprehensive, online meeting information resource. 3M Visual Systems Division, established in 1960, is based in Austin, TX.

About 3M 3M is a diversified manufacturing company with annual sales of more than $15 billion in 1998. With operations in more than 60 countries and employing more than 73,000 people worldwide, 3M sells products in more than 200 countries around the world. 3M is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. and manufactures a wide variety of products serving industrial, commercial and consumer markets.

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