MathWorks Introduces New Features in MATLAB and Simulink

Release 2014b includes new MATLAB graphics and big data features, as well as faster run times for consecutive simulations in Simulink

Natick, Mass. - (8 Oct 2014)

Plots generated using the new MATLAB graphics system, with updated colors, fonts, and styles.
Plots generated using the new MATLAB graphics system, with updated colors, fonts, and styles.

MathWorks today introduced Release 2014b with a range of new capabilities in MATLAB, including graphics and big data, and options in Simulink for accelerating model building and running consecutive simulations.

MATLAB Product Family

The new MATLAB capabilities offer a new graphics system, increased support for big data, features for packaging and sharing code, and source control integration. The new features include:

  • New MATLAB graphics system
  • New functions for processing big data on your desktop that can scale for use with Hadoop
  • Git and Subversion source control integration and access to projects on GitHub from File Exchange
  • MATLAB toolbox packaging as single, installable files for easy sharing and downloading of custom toolboxes
  • Date and time data types with time zone and display options
  • Arduino and Android hardware support for interacting with motors and actuators, and for accessing sensor data
  • MATLAB Production Server: Client libraries for use with C/C++ and Python environments
  • Statistics Toolbox: Multiclass machine-learning framework for binary classifiers such as SVM, and for generalized linear mixed-effects (GLME) models
  • Datafeed Toolbox: Bloomberg B-PIPE and Thomson Reuters Eikon connectivity
  • Image Processing Toolbox: Image segmentation app, region analysis app, and C code generation for 19 functions with MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Report Generator: Fill-in-the-blanks Word and HTML forms for enhanced custom reports

Simulink Product Family

The new features in Simulink that allow for the running of faster consecutive simulations and accelerating model building include:

  • Smart editing cues for accelerated model building, and editor views for annotations and interfaces
  • Fast simulation restart for running consecutive simulations quickly
  • Simulink functions for creating and calling reusable functions from anywhere in Simulink and Stateflow
  • Live streaming and data cursors in Simulation Data Inspector
  • Simscape: Domain-specific line styles for representing physical connections
  • Stateflow: Faster debugging with conditional breakpoints, watch data, and fast animation mode
  • Simulink Report Generator: Fill-in-the-blanks Word and HTML forms for enhanced custom reports

Signal Processing and Communications

  • Computer Vision System Toolbox: Stereo camera calibration app, 3D point-cloud viewer and imageset class for large collections of images
  • DSP System Toolbox: ARM Cortex-A code generation with NE10 support with Embedded Coder, and multistage sample-rate converter
  • Communications System Toolbox: Connectivity to RTL-SDR radio receivers, connectivity and targeting for Zynq-based radios, I/Q imbalance compensator, and new Eye Diagram
  • Phased Array System Toolbox: Block library for phased array system design in Simulink
  • LTE System Toolbox: LTE Release 11 support including downlink control channel (E-PDCCH) and demodulation reference signal (DMRS) generation
  • SimRF: Frequency-domain mode for simulation acceleration

Code Generation

  • Embedded Coder: AUTOSAR target updates including 4/1 ARXML, client/server with Simulink functions, and multi-instance components and IFL/IFX libraries
  • HDL Coder: Xilinx Vivado integration and IP core with AXI interface generation for Altera SoC
  • HDL Verifier: Xilinx Vivado support for FPGA-in-the-loop simulation

Verification and Validation

R2014b is available immediately. For more information, visit the R2014b highlights page.

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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 for 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. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

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