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3M Announces Category 6 Cabling System Offering

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 19, 2002--3M has expanded its Volition brand cabling offering with a Volition Category 6 Cabling System. The system is based on 3M's unique K6 RJ45 jack, which provides hardware performance consistent with the latest international cabling standards ISO/IEC 11801, EN 50173 and EIA/TIA 568. Currently, most Class E/Category 6 link performance components do not meet all of those standards.

The 3M Volition Category 6 system from the 3M Telecom Enterprise Department offers installers easier and faster termination installations due to the tool-free technology provided by the 3M RJ45 K6 jack connector. The connector offers a high level of performance and reliability resulting in a significant component and link headroom versus the standard. The Volition RJ45 K6 jack comes as part of a total Category 6 structured cabling solution that includes an extended 20-year system warranty.

About 3M Volition Network Solutions

3M Volition Network Solutions includes complete end-to-end premises wiring solutions for copper, hybrid or fiber optic networks designed to provide users with a smooth network migration plan for the future. Tailored for high-speed local area networks, the systems fully address requirements for cabling and networking equipment, and maintain the enormous performance advantages of high-speed media.

About 3M Telecommunications

3M Telecommunications products, technologies and services allow the world's service providers to offer high bandwidth connectivity from the central office to the customer premise with complete network solutions. The company's focus consists of technologies and services in telecom access, enterprise networks and optical transport systems and components for telecommunications OEMs. With a 40-year history in the telecommunications industry, 3M customers include every major telecommunications service provider in the world.

About 3M

3M is a $16 billion diversified technology company with leading positions in health care, safety, electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office, 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, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, 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. For more information about 3M go to or

3M and Volition are trademarks of 3M Company.

     Matt Fagan, 512/984-3277
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