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This work-in-progress paper introduces a new hardware platform for wireless sensor networks, summarizes the new challenges it creates for software development and describes a toolchain being developed to meet those challenges. The hardware platform is based on a low-power FPGA as opposed to a traditional microcontroller. The FPGA configuration includes a soft core microcontroller, but there are plenty of resources left to implement a subset of the operating system, middleware and application components directly on the FPGA.
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