When it comes to discussing the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is Thunderbolt, Apple and Intel's next-generation device interconnection standard.

Introduced with great fanfare, Thunderbolt devices are still thin on the ground. There are storage devices and ExpressCard cages, but the real promise of the speedy hybrid copper/optical interface has yet to show up on shelves. This despite the fact that Apple has integrated Thunderbolt support into its latest iMacs, MacBooks, and minis.

So what's going on with Thunderbolt? Are we too early to the party, as Chris Foresman writes, or is Thunderbolt just a big name for what beloved TUAW blogger Rich Gaywood calls a "damp fart" of technology.

You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.

What\'s up with Thunderbolt?
Like always, Apple is forward looking -- Thunderbolt is going to be big, it just needs time to grow. As Foresman points out, this is going to be the year of the 'bolt.1196 (21.6%)
Thunderbolt may turn out to be big eventually, but right now it's just not widely supported enough. Even with new CES product launches, it's not catching on. Shame.1965 (35.5%)
Unless the Thunderbolt technology licensing gets liberalized, we're not going to see widespread device adoption.1530 (27.7%)
It's Apple's fault for hogging all the technology for their products -- give it time and other vendors will get parts as well.132 (2.4%)
Gaywood has it right, as usual. A big "damp fart" of technology.318 (5.8%)
Squirrel!301 (5.4%)
Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.88 (1.6%)

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