ExaGear Launches For x86 Windows/Linux Apps On ARM
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 3 October 2014 at 01:30 PM EDT. 26 Comments
Back in August I wrote about new software that claims to be 4.5x faster than QEMU for running Intel x86 binaries on ARM. That software is available today.

The software is Eltechs' ExaGear Desktop, which is designed around running x86 binaries on ARM-based mini PCs. The proprietary software implements a Linux container on ARM and still claims to be 4.5x faster than QEMU. The software also supports running Windows x86 programs on ARM via Wine.

The ARM-based system must be running Ubuntu 12.04 or newer for support and the hardware requirements is ARMv7 with NEON and VFP32 -- so Raspberry Pi and other low-end hardware is out of the question. There's also no support right now for 64-bit Linux x86_64 applications and also lacking is 3D hardware support for the applications... If those limitations don't discourage you, the software isn't free and open-source but will set you back $30 USD though currently Eltechs is offering it up for $15.

You can learn more about ExaGear Desktop at Eltechs.com.
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