What's New in Release 14 with Service Pack 3

Release 14 with Service Pack 3 (R14SP3), launched on September 1, 2005, provides updates to MATLAB, Simulink, and 75 other products. The primary focus of this service pack is on quality; it also includes new features for data analysis, large-scale modeling, fixed-point development, and code generation.

Release Overview

Data Analysis and Mathematical Algorithms

  • MATLAB: time-series data object and GUI for MATLAB and Simulink for analysis and visualization of simulation, test, and other data
  • Statistics Toolbox: functions for survival analysis, hypothesis testing, prediction, and working with generalized extreme value and Pareto distributions

Large-Scale Modeling

  • Simulink: GUI navigation improvements across Simulink and Stateflow, active annotations, and customizable menus
  • Model reference:
    • Function-call signals can now control a referenced model's execution
    • Variable step solvers for use with model reference
    • Model dependency tool for managing referenced models, and functions for migrating to model reference

Fixed-Point Development

  • Embedded MATLAB functions in Simulink and Stateflow: fixed-point data type support for simulation and code generation
  • Stateflow: data dialog enhancements to better accommodate fixed-point arithmetic
  • Communications Blockset: support for integer data types to increase memory efficiency

Code Generation

  • Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder: built-in data types replaceable with custom types
  • Simulink and Real-Time Workshop: C++ target language support for external mode
  • Real-Time Workshop and Stateflow Coder: global data sharing using data stores
  • Communications Blockset: C code generation for simulation and embedded applications

Verification and Validation

  • Requirements management: enhanced linking functionality and extended document support
  • Extensible model advisor: API for adding user-defined model style guidelines
  • Time-series objects: support for specifying test sequences to drive root-level Simulink inports

Financial Modeling and Analysis

  • Financial Toolbox: New set of statistical computation routines that compute values, such as mean and covariance, when there are missing data elements, based on the Expectation Conditional Maximization (ECM) algorithm
  • Datafeed Toolbox: Real-time data retrieval using Bloomberg ActiveX interface, and upgraded FactSet functionality based on FAST

Platform Support

  • Macintosh: MATLAB product family operation improvements on the Mac platform, including:
    • New plotting interface for interactively creating and editing plots without entering M-code and support for docking and tiling figures in the desktop
    • Significantly faster scalar and for loop operations via JIT/Accelerator support
    • MATLAB Compiler support
  • MATLAB for Windows XP 64-bit: Beta version is now available.

New Products

SimBiology (Web download only)

SimBiology extends MATLAB with tools for modeling, designing, simulating, and analyzing biochemical pathways. Key features include:

  • Access to all functions via the command line and a graphical user interface
  • Stochastic, stiff deterministic, and nonstiff deterministic solvers
  • Model components, including species, parameters, kinetic laws, reactions, algebraic relations, and units
  • Project files that store models with simulation settings and user-defined plot types

SimEvents (Web download only)

SimEvents extends Simulink with tools for modeling and simulating discrete-event systems using queues and servers. Key features include:

  • Enables entity-based, discrete-event simulation
  • Provides libraries of queues, servers, switches, and gates
  • Includes generators for entities, events, and signals
  • Supports hybrid simulation of models that contain both event-based and time-based execution components
  • Automatically collects common statistics, such as delay and throughput

Products with Major Upgrades

Distributed Computing Toolbox and MATLAB Distributed Computing Engine 2 (Web download only)

New features include:

  • Support for communication among interdependent tasks, based on the industry-standard Message Passing Interface (MPI)
  • Support for Platform Computing's Platform™ LSF scheduler and for MPIExec
  • Generic API for integration with third-party schedulers

Video and Image Processing Blockset 2 (Web download only)

New features include:

  • New blocks for Optical Flow, Gaussian Pyramiding, Projective Transform, Block Matching, Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR), and De-interlacing
  • Region of interest (ROI) processing added to Mean, Standard Deviation, Variance, and Projective Transform blocks
  • New features in the following blocks: Blob Analysis, MPlay, and Color Conversion
  • New examples highlighting optical flow and traffic sign recognition

Financial Derivatives Toolbox 4

New features include:

  • Support for Black-Karasinski (BK) and Hull-White (HW) interest rate models
  • Support for recombining trinomial trees, used in conjunction with the BK and HW models
  • Enhanced treeviewer function

Genetic Algorithm and Direct Search Toolbox 2

New features include:

  • Ability for the genetic and direct search algorithms to solve optimization problems with nonlinear, linear, and bound constraints
  • Mesh Adaptive Direct Search (MADS) algorithm
  • Additional genetic algorithm options, including a new crossover function and a new mutation function to handle linear and bound constraints
  • Additional hybrid function option that lets you use traditional optimization algorithms to refine solutions to constrained optimization problems
  • Five new examples, including optimizing nonsmooth and stochastic objective functions and using the Distributed Computing Toolbox to improve genetic and direct search algorithm execution time

Model-Based Calibration Toolbox 3 (Web download only)

New features include:

  • Command-line interface for automating the modeling process
  • Support for filling multiple calibration tables simultaneously
  • Wizards for feature-based and optimization-based table filling
  • CAGE Import Tool that lets you:
    • Import models, features and optimizations into existing CAGE sessions
    • Use new engine models in existing feature filling and optimization processes
  • Improved boundary modeling capabilities, including:
    • Convex hull models
    • Support for creating boundary models in subsets of the test plan variables
    • Revamped graphical user interface
  • Calibration import and export links:
    • ETAS INCA (via .dcm files)
    • ATI Vision (via a live link or .mat file)
  • Improved optimization speed
  • Improved optimization robustness, with multiple start points and automatic scaling

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