According to IDG News, those kits will be released at some point during this quarter. Again, Thunderbolt will only be available in the new MacBook Pro line at first, but these kits could help "accelerate the release of products to market" from other parties. For instance, LaCie has already announced plans for a new Little Big Disk model running with Thunderbolt onboard.
In case you're not familiar with Thunderbolt, it really is (supposed to be) lightning fast technology that incorporates fewer wires. (Who doesn't love that already?) Unveiled in February, Thunderbolt runs at 10Gbps in each direction, and it is boasted to be able to transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
For a closer look at Intel's Thunderbolt technology and how it works, take a look at the promo clip below:
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