Zero-second startup?

Hello all, When I first provide power to the arduino 10000, I'd say it takes 1-2 seconds to start performing any code on the chip. An application I am considering requires a near-zero second startup time. Is there another sort of chip which can provide this type of operation? Perhaps a PIC? Thank you, A Mechanical Engineer

It's not the chip causing the delay you are seeing, but the Arduino's bootloader - the bit of magic that allows you to program the device without a programmer.

You can indeed program the Arduino's ATmega without the bootloader, but it requires a separate device to program it.

As for the last question, well, didn't your mother ever tell you it won't get better if you PIC it? (ducks and runs)

-j

Yea, if you get something like the USBtinyISP or an AVRISP mkII, or build a parallel programmer you can program the chip on the Arduino directly, eliminating the bootloader and the startup delay.

Don't get us going on the PIC ;)