At IDF 2011, we saw a lot of new Thunderbolt peripherals. Mostly storage, but a few docking stations. I will post my pictures of those tomorrow.
1+ Billion USB 3.0 Devices in 2 years
Some leaked slides on a Chinese website showing a PC Chipset with 10 USB 2.0 ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports. Now you might ask, why only 4 USB 3.0 ports?
The Innovator that invented USB announced at IDF Beijing today that PC chipsets in 2012 will have USB 3.0 fully-integrated. The Innovator has been shipping a few motherboards with the NEC Host chip, but in 2012, the chips supporting the latest processors will include USB 3.0.
I highly recommend reading Rick Merritt’s article 10 things to know about Thunderbolt to understand Thunderbolt.