The Mathworks updates MatLab and Simulink

The MathWorks simultaneously released upgrades to its MatLab and Simulink products—MatLab 7 and Simulink 6.


MatLab 7 processes and displays integer data from a sensor.

The MathWorks simultaneously released upgrades to its MatLab and Simulink products—MatLab 7 and Simulink 6.

MatLab 7 includes: new tools that enable rapid, iterative program creation; built-in support for integer and single-precision floating-point math; and language features that provide the ability to manage and work with larger data sets. Also new for MatLab is an enhanced compiler that supports the full MatLab language, enabling developers to deploy more MatLab applications that can run independently. The compiler enables engineers to deploy their Matlab work to end users as self-contained applications or incorporate their algorithms and other modules into environments such as Excel, C/C++, and COM. MatLab 7 also features a redesigned desktop that includes new programming and debugging tools, automatic creation of code quality reports, and publishing of code and graphics directly to HTML and Word. Interactive point-and-click plotting tools enable faster and easier creation of graphics, including the ability to generate code that recreates plotting sessions automatically for later use or redistribution.

Simulink 6 software for simulation and embedded system development brings model-based design to complex projects encompassing large models and multiple design teams. The new features of Simulink 6 are claimed to enable faster development cycle times, eliminate manual coding errors, and facilitate innovation and exploration in control and signal processing system development. Simulink 6 also contains features that support the development of large scale, real-time embedded systems. With new component-based modeling and unified data management capabilities, design teams can work on multiple configurations and subsystems within and across organizations.

MatLab 7 and Simulink 6 are available for Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh systems at $1,900 and $2,800, respectively.

—David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering,

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