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Press Release  |  Feb 13, 2001

New Lightweight, Portable Projector Is Perfect for the Road or the Boardroom

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- 3M(TM) Visual Systems Division, a leading supplier in group communications and productivity solutions, today announced the availability of a new seven-pound, feature-packed portable projector that produces top-quality images in a compact design, offering outstanding performance both on the road and in the boardroom.

The 3M Portable Projector MP8747 delivers 1,400 ANSI lumens of on-screen brightness coupled with high-quality XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. The MP8747 features four input channels that provide simultaneous connection to two computers and two video signals. It also offers Digital Keystone Correction, which automatically keeps the projected image square -- a plus for on-the-go presenters accustomed to stuffing items underneath other brand-name projectors to produce the square image that is fundamental to a successful, professional presentation. The MP8747 is the perfect projector for presenters wanting superior resolution, brightness and connectivity for rich, engaging multimedia presentations packed into a light, portable package that moves smoothly and easily from the boardroom to the road.

The MP8747 features active matrix Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology, delivering rich color and full-sized images to any size meeting room. Intelligent image scaling optimizes image quality for SXGA, SVGA and VGA resolution and video, and the USB connection makes mouse emulation a snap. The MP8747 comes equipped with a sliding lens cover and strong canvas handle straps for easy carrying, making it the perfect choice for traveling presenters.

"In today's fast-paced market, our customers expect the very best in presentation technology, no matter where or when the presentation is given," said John Griffiths, business unit manager for 3M Electronic Projection Systems. "With the release of the 3M MP8747, business professionals have the ideal option to deliver boardroom-quality presentations either in the office or on the road."

About the 3M MP8747

Along with exceptional portability, the 3M MP8747 is designed with the following advanced features:
-- 1,400 (MP8747) ANSI lumens, providing a bright, clear picture --
even in a room lit with incandescent lights
-- XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, offering superior picture sharpness
-- Intelligent image scaling, which optimizes image quality for SXGA, SVGA and VGA resolution and video
-- Digital Keystone Correction, which digitally makes the image square when the screen is at a funny angle
-- Four input channels for simultaneous connection of two computers and two video channels, allowing cutting-edge multimedia presentations
-- Digital image magnification up to four times (4x)
-- 16.7 million colors
-- Virtual mouse remote control with presentation tools: blank, laser pointer, timer, magnification, mouse emulation
-- Universal Serial Bus (USB) for mouse connectivity
-- Universal power supply
-- Ceiling mountable
-- PC/Macintosh compatible
-- Two-year warranty program

Pricing and Availability

The MP8747 is currently available with a suggested retail price of $7,995. For presenters seeking identical connectivity and flexibility features in a less-expensive package, the 3M MP8646 with 1,000 ANSI lumens is currently available with a suggested retail price of $6,995.

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, Texas.

About 3M

3M (NYSE: MMM - news) 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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