ADI Historical Timeline

1957: Applied Dynamics International Founded

Applied Dynamics International was founded by four aeronautical professors from the University of Michigan.

1966: AD-4 developed

ADI developed the all-solid-state AD-4 analog/hybrid computer as the successor to the AD-256.

1968: NASA Ames Research Center chose ADI to develop computer system

ADI built a special computer system to help solve problems of testing new aircraft designs without endangering the lives of pilots and losing aircraft. The system was used to help simulate flight of the movable wing Supersonic Transport (SST) and other advanced aircraft and spacecraft.

1975: All-digital AD-10 developed

ADI developed the all-digital AD-10, a special-architecture multiprocessor computer using 16-bit fixed-point words to represent problem variables. Using all-solid-state memory as well as ECL (emitter-coupled logic) processors, the initial AD-10 was designed to rapidly perform the table lookup and linear interpolation operations involved in multivariable function generation.

1985: AD-100 released

AD-100 was a new digital computer package that was faster than any other dynamic simulation on the market. AD-100 could solve 120,000 equations per second. That involved between 3-4 million additions or multiplications in the same second, and it had the capacity of doing up to 20 million. Alongside AD-100, ADI introduced the simulation language ADSIM to program the AD-100.

2001: Rolls-Royce selected ADI products for Next Generation FADEC Test Systems

Rolls-Royce placed an order for ADI’s product suite of real-time emulators to develop and test the control systems for their next generation of Full Authority Digital Engine Controllers (FADECs). FADECs are regarded as safety-critical systems by the Federal Aviation Authority and other world aviation organizations. The safety-critical designation requires extensive testing, validation, and certification prior to achieving flight status.

2002: ADvantage GP released enabling virtual V&V

ADvantage GP was a PC- and UNIX-based development tool for virtual verification and validation (V&V) of integrated multi-language MBSE applications. ADvantage GP enabled designers to automate testing and validation of virtual model-based systems and test cases prior to real-time hardware-in-the-loop testing.

2003: rtX released

The PC-based rtX included the full suite of SIMsystem software tools. The rtX was scalable from small open-loop testing tasks up through the demanding requirements of closed-loop hardware-in-the-loop applications.

2007: ADvantage Framework Version 8 released

The ADvantage Framework was an open architecture suite of software tools for simulation-based development and test, including software-in-the-loop simulation, real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation, and distributed real-time simulation.

2007: ADI 50 Year Anniversary!

2008: Scott James Becomes President & CEO

After 8 years at ADI, Scott C James takes over and drives a multi-prong strategy to develop the ADEPT software platform.

2011: SIMPlotter SAS released

SIMplotter SAS included Linux and Windows libraries and code examples which made it easy for an embedded system developer to stream data for the purpose of analysis, diagnostic, or simply to add powerful, scriptable real-time plotting to the embedded application.

2014: Gulfstream and ADI build state-of-the-art simulation and test facility

This new facility supported the development of Gulfstream’s G500 and G600 aircraft programs. The new laboratory, latest ADI software, and integrated systems build on the development and test beds for the G20, G550, and G650 aircraft. The facility was built for vendor integration, aircraft dynamics, training, and analysis from conceptual development, to first simulated flight, to regulatory approval, to first test flight, and on to continued support for the life of the program.

2015: ADvantageDB released

ADvantageDB is a tool used to manage large network definitions of complex systems such as aircraft, satellites, and shipboard systems.

2018: ADEPT Framework Version 10 released

Rewritten to eliminate bottlenecks and improve performance, the ADEPT Framework is released as the most advanced real-time, industrial Internet of Things (IoT) model-based systems engineering software platform available, providing an agile, open architecture, feature-rich environment for the complete product lifecycle from development through integration, verification, validation, certification, deployment and sustainment.