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Press Release  |  Sep 11, 2000

Feature-Rich Multimedia Projectors Light Up Any Size Room

AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 11, 2000 – 3M Visual Systems Division, the leading supplier in group communications and productivity solutions, today announced the availability of two new powerful projectors that offer outstanding performance in virtually any room setting, including large conference rooms and small auditoriums.

Based on 3M's successful MP8745 projector, the feature-rich 3M™ Multimedia Projector MP8755 and the 3M Multimedia Projector MP8770 deliver vivid 1,800 and 2,200 ANSI lumens respectively of on-screen brightness along with high-quality XGA resolution. The optional short- and long-throw lenses maintain power zoom and focus, making these projectors versatile at any position in the room.

Equipped with the latest in presentation technology, the MP8755 and MP8770 include picture-in-picture, intelligent image scaling, Digital Keystone Correction and VirtualMouse remote control. Three input channels are available for the simultaneous connection of two computers and a video signal for true plug-and-play flexibility. Weighing only 13 pounds, these feature-packed projectors are still light enough to carry around the office or on the road.

"Our customers loved the 3M MP8745. But we realized many of them required brighter solutions for larger rooms and auditoriums," said John Griffiths, business unit manager for 3M Electronic Projection Systems. "So we enhanced the 3M MP8745 and we now offer two additional projectors specifically designed to meet the needs of our customers."

About the 3M MP8755 and MP8770

Along with their exceptional brightness and versatility, the fully loaded MP8755 and MP8770 projectors are designed with the following advanced solutions:

· 1,800 (MP8755) and 2,200 (MP8770) ANSI lumens of brightness
· XGA (1024x768) resolution
· Intelligent image scaling optimizes image quality for SXGA, SVGA and VGA resolution and video
· Digital Keystone Correction
· Picture-in-picture
· Three input channels
· Digital image magnification up to 4 times
· Monitor loop-through for viewing an external monitor and the projected image simultaneously
· 16.7 million colors
· VirtualMouse remote control with power zoom, power focus and presentation tools: blank, laser pointer, timer, mouse emulation, and digital image magnification
· Universal Serial Bus (USB) for mouse connectivity
· Ceiling mountable
· PC/Macintosh compatible
· Two-year warranty program

Pricing and Availability

The MP8755 with 1,800 peak ANSI lumens is currently available with a suggested retail price of $8,895. With the long-throw lens the suggested retail price is $12,995. The short-throw lens adapter is $1,737. The MP8770 with 2,200 peak ANSI lumens is currently available with a suggested retail price of $10,395. With the long-throw lens the suggested retail price is $14,499. The short-throw lens adapter is $1,737.

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

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