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3M EXPANDS PERSONAL PROJECTOR FAMILY

Lightweight LCD Projector Displays Clear Images in any Meeting Room

AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 18, 2000 – 3M Visual Systems Division, the leading supplier in group communications and productivity solutions, today announced another powerful addition to its family of lightweight personal projectors. Equipped with a wide-angle lens and sliding lens cover, the new 5.5-pound 3M™ Personal Projector MP7640 features the ultra-responsive active matrix Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology, delivering rich color and full-size images in any size meeting room.

Combining SVGA resolution and 800 peak ANSI lumens of on-screen brightness, the compact 3M MP7640 is the foundation for superior business presentations. Intelligent image scaling optimizes image quality for XGA and VGA resolution and video, while electronic keystone correction keeps the projected image square, eliminating the need for additional leveling devices.

With FCC Class B certification, this portable projector delivers bright, clear images in both the boardroom and the living room. The versatile 3M MP7640 can easily transform from a powerful business tool into a large screen TV by running a standard RCA™ or S-Video cable from your VCR or television to the projector.

"The 7640 is the perfect projector for our customers who prefer LCD technology, but still need a lightweight unit," said John Griffiths, business unit manager for 3M Electronic Projection Systems. "The MP7640 displays rich graphics and the wide angle lens allows customers to adjust the image in any room setting."

About the 3M MP7640

The newest member of 3M's personal projector family incorporates industry-leading features, such as:
· Compact 5.5-pound design fits virtually anywhere
· 800 peak ANSI lumens of on-screen brightness
· SVGA (800x600) resolution
· Intelligent image scaling optimizes image quality for XGA and VGA resolution and video
· Electronic Keystone Correction for easy set up
· FCC Class B Certification for home use
· Remote control with four presentation tools: blank, freeze, timer and digital image magnification
· Digital image magnification up to 4 times
· Two input channels for simultaneous connection of one computer and one video signal
· 16.7 million colors
· Two-year warranty program

Pricing and Availability

The 3M MP7640 is currently available with a suggested retail price of $4,595.

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