It’s pretty much a year to the day that we reported the possibility of a quad-core Cortex-A15 from ARM, and look what just came across the wire! It’s the Cortex-A15 Hard Macro — the first design from ARM we’re aware of that packs four A15 cores. The Hard Macro edition is of particular interest as it aims to help manufacturers bring products to market more quickly and at a lower cost. The chip variant runs at 2GHz, with performance of over 20,000 DMIPS if you were wondering. Notably, it operates with the same power usage of the A9 hard macro, which should mean it’s got good efficiency credentials, and it’s the first in the family to be based on 28nm process. There’s no indication where we might see this turning up, but with the firm spilling the full details at the IEEE Symposium later this week, we’re sure we’ll find out soon enough.