German manufacturer Transtec has announced in a press release that Intel's new Ivy Bridge processor and the accompanying Panther Point chipset will be available "from the end of April" as it said that it will launch its SENYO PC range with Intel Ivy Bridge processor from that period onwards.
The press release also mentions that the new processor will deliver up to 20 per cent more performance than its predecessor, Sandy Bridge, with up to 40 per cent less power consumption thanks to the new 22 nm Tri-gate manufacturing process.
The CPU performance is only part of the story though. Transtec quotes Intel saying that the HD 4000 graphics unit on Ivy Bridge will deliver up to 200 per cent performance improvement compared to its predecessor, the HD 2000 GPU on the Core i7 2600.
The HD4000 will also support DX11, OpenCL 1.1 and PCI Express 3.0 plus feature optimised AVX acceleration. As for the chipset, Transtec states that the Z77 and H77 chipset will support Intel's Smart Response Technology SSD caching feature.