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LIGHTWEIGHT 3M PROJECTORS LOADED WITH VERSATILE FEATURES

Five-Pound Digital Projectors Designed for Travelers and Home Theater Enthusiasts

AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 16, 2000 – 3M Visual Systems Division, the leading supplier in group communications and productivity solutions, today announced the availability of the new 3M™ Personal Projector MP7730 and the 3M Personal Projector MP7630. Weighing only five pounds, these new projectors are ideal for traveling professionals who need a lightweight solution loaded with a full set of features.

Incorporating powerful Digital Light Processing™ (DLP™), a Texas Instruments technology, the compact MP7730 offers 800 peak ANSI lumens of on-screen brightness along with high-quality XGA resolution. Intelligent image scaling optimizes image quality for SXGA, SVGA and VGA resolution and video, while electronic keystone correction keeps the projected image square without requiring other leveling devices.

The versatile MP7730 is also FCC Class B certified for home use. Turn the cable-ready projector into a large screen TV by using the optional multimedia adapter to connect into satellite, cable or conventional television signals.

"Whether using the MP7730 on the road or at home, this projector offers a high level of resolution beyond the standards of other personal projectors," said John Griffiths, business unit manager for 3M Electronic Projection Systems. "The powerful combination of high brightness and low weight makes the MP7730 the perfect solution for business presentations or home theater applications."

About the 3M MP7730

Ideal for the traveling presenter, the 3M MP7730 boasts the following industry-leading features:
- Compact five-pound design fits virtually anywhere
- 800 peak ANSI lumens of brightness
- XGA (1024x768) resolution
- Intelligent image scaling optimizes image quality for SXGA, SVGA and VGA resolution and video
- Electronic Keystone Correction
- FCC Class B Certification for home use
- Multimedia adapter (EP7630AVR) allows users to connect directly to a satellite tuner, cable or television antenna signal, VCR, DVD, or video camera for theatre projection anywhere
- Built-in channel selector, speaker and volume control for ease of use with the multimedia adapter
- Digital image magnification up to 4 times
- 16.7 million colors
- VirtualMouse remote control with seven presentation tools: blank, laser pointer, freeze, timer, reveal, mouse emulation, and digital image magnification
- Two-year warranty program

About the 3M MP7630

Another new member of 3M's Personal Projector series is the compact MP7630. Weighing in at five pounds, the MP7630 projects 700 peak ANSI lumens and incorporates DLP and true SVGA resolution with intelligent image scaling and digital keystone correction. With FCC Class B certification, the MP7630 also offers the optional multimedia adapter cable that connects to satellite, cable and conventional TV signals.

Pricing and Availability

The MP7730 with 800 peak ANSI lumens is currently available with a suggested retail price of $5,995. With the adapter the suggested retail price is $6,295. The MP7630 with 700 peak ANSI lumens is currently available with a suggested retail price of $4,595. With the adapter the suggested retail price is $4,899.

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 $16 billion technology company with leading positions in electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office, health care, safety and other markets. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company has operations in more than 60 countries and serves customers in nearly 200 countries. 3M businesses share technologies, manufacturing operations, brands, marketing channels and other important resources. 3M is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at www.3M.com.

Media Contacts:
Dawn Adair
3M
512/984-5831
dadair@mmm.com