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MathWorks Announces Release 2013b of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families

MathWorks today announced Release 2013b (R2013b) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. R2013b delivers new analysis, design, code generation and implementation and other features in MATLAB and Simulink, two new Polyspace products, as well as updates to 79 other products. Highlights include:

Release 2013b of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families (Photo: Business Wire)

Release 2013b of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families (Photo: Business Wire)

MATLAB Product Family

  • MATLAB: Data types for mixed-type tabular data, and ordered and unordered categorical data
  • MATLAB Compiler: Revamped MATLAB Compiler app and automatic download at install time of version-compatible MATLAB Compiler Runtime
  • Statistics Toolbox: Linear mixed-effects regression models
  • Database Toolbox: Fast access to ODBC connections via a native ODBC driver
  • Instrument Control Toolbox: Communication with integrated circuits using SPI protocol
  • Financial Toolbox: Mean-Absolute Deviation (MAD) portfolio optimization
  • Trading Toolbox: Support for CQG Integrated Client API and Interactive Brokers TWS API
  • Image Processing Toolbox: GPU acceleration, working with PCT, for 22 additional functions, including bwmorph, edge, imresize, and medfilt2
  • Mapping Toolbox: Web map display with dynamic base maps from OpenStreetMap and other sources

Simulink Product Family

  • Simulink Editor: Enhancements including transparent subsystem preview, line crossings and "comment through" blocks
  • Simulink System block: New block for incorporating MATLAB System objects in Simulink models
  • Simulink hardware connectivity: Arduino enhancements including support for Mac OS X, Arduino Ethernet Shield and Arduino Nano hardware
  • Simulink models: Native modeling of single-precision designs
  • Simscape: Block libraries for modeling thermal liquid systems
  • SimPowerSystems: Block libraries based on Third Generation technology, fully utilizing Simscape capabilities
  • Simulink Verification and Validation: Requirements linking and traceability for MATLAB code

Polyspace Product Family

  • Polyspace Code Prover: A new product for proving the absence of run-time errors in software
  • Polyspace Bug Finder: A new product for identifying software defects via static analysis

System Toolboxes for Design in MATLAB and Simulink

  • Phased Array System Toolbox: C/C++ code generation support with MATLAB Coder
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox: Camera calibration functions and app

Code Generation and Implementation

  • HDL Coder and Embedded Coder: Integrated C and HDL code generation and workflow support for Xilinx Zynq and Zedboard
  • Simulink Coder: Creation of multi-level password protected Simulink models
  • HDL Coder: Support for user authored MATLAB system objects and incremental code generation for Model Reference blocks
  • MATLAB Coder: Support for 64-bit integers, software-in-the-loop (SIL) verification with Embedded Coder, and probability distributions in Statistics Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Designer: Long long integer data type for efficient simulation and generated code for 64-bit processors
  • Simulink Code Inspector: Support for Stateflow objects and classic action language


R2013b is available immediately. More information is available at:

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About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 2800 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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