What's New in Release 2007a

R2007a, released on March 1, 2007, includes updates to MATLAB and Simulink, two new products released since R2006b, and updates and bug fixes to 82 other products. R2007a adds support for the Intel® based Mac, Windows Vista™, and 64-bit Sun Solaris™ SPARC platforms. Subscribers to MathWorks Software Maintenance Service can download R2007a product updates.

New capabilities for the MATLAB product family include:

New capabilities for the Simulink product family include:


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Release Notes by Product

* Indicates major update

New products

Key features and Release Notes below.

Link for Cadence® Incisive® *

  • Native Verilog support and support for VHDL via Verilog modules
  • Connection of a Simulink model to one or more Incisive® simulators
  • MATLAB test bench capability, enabling the use of MATLAB code to stimulate and check HDL code
  • MATLAB component capability, enabling simulation of MATLAB code in place of entities not yet coded in HDL
  • User-selectable communication modes between MATLAB and Simulink and Incisive, providing shared memory (for faster performance) and TCP/IP sockets (for versatility)
  • Interactive or batch mode cosimulation, debugging, testing, and verification of HDL code from MATLAB

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Link for Analog Devices VisualDSP++ **

  • Automates verification and debugging of embedded software for Analog Devices Blackfin, SHARC, and TigerSHARC processors using MATLAB, Simulink, and VisualDSP++
  • Generates complete VisualDSP++ projects for Analog Devices processors from Simulink models
  • Supports PIL simulation with Analog Devices processors using the same Simulink model for system design, system simulation, code generation, and embedded code verification
  • Provides synchronous and asynchronous schedulers in multitasking mode in the code generated from Simulink models
  • Supports custom cache configuration and memory mapping on Analog Devices processors from within Simulink models
  • Provides a real-time execution profiler that profiles embedded code executing on Analog Devices processors and helps identify bottlenecks in code performance

New products

Key features and Release Notes below.


  • Single modeling environment for modeling and simulating physical systems, such as mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems
  • Foundation library of physical modeling building blocks and fundamental mathematical elements
  • Connection blocks to bridge modeling domains
  • Full simulation and limited editing capabilities for models built with SimMechanics, SimDriveline or SimHydraulics (no license for these products required)
  • Ability to specify units of parameters and variables, with all unit conversion handled automatically

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Simulink Design Verifier **

  • Generates tests for Simulink and Stateflow models
  • Detects unreachable design elements in models
  • Proves model properties and generates examples of violations
  • Includes blocks for defining properties
  • Produces test-generation and property-proving analysis reports

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Updates and bug fixes

Release Notes by product linked below.

* Indicates major update

* Indicates product was introduced via the Web after R2006b and is now available on the R2007a DVD.
** Indicates product was introduced after R2007a and is available via the Web.

Products with License-Related or Pricing Changes  

Please refer to MathWorks Release 2007a Products with License-Related or Pricing Changes for information on dependency changes, name changes, or discontinuations for the following products:

  • Embedded Target for Infineon C166 Microcontrollers
  • Embedded Target for Motorola HC12
  • Embedded Target for Motorola MPC555
  • Embedded Target for TI C2000 DSP
  • Embedded Target for TI C6000 DSP
  • Link for Code Composer Studio
  • Link for TASKING
  • SimDriveline
  • SimHydraulics
  • SimMechanics
  • xPC TargetBox