MathWorks Introduces Release 2021b of MATLAB and Simulink

MathWorks has announced introduced Release 2021b of the MATLAB and Simulink product families. Release 2021b (R2021b) offers new and updated features and functions in MATLAB and Simulink, along with two new products and five major updates.

MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and model-based design of multi-domain and embedded engineering systems.

New capabilities in MATLAB include code refactoring and block editing, as well as the ability to run Python commands and scripts from MATLAB.  

Simulink updates enable users to run multiple simulations for different scenarios from the Simulink Editor and to create custom tabs in the Simulink Toolstrip. 

R2021b also introduces new products supporting wireless communications: 

RF PCB Toolbox enables the design, analysis, and visualization of high-speed and RF multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs). RF engineers can design components with parameterized or arbitrary geometry, including distributed passive structures such as traces, bends, and vias. Using the frequency-domain method of moments and other EM techniques, coupling, dispersion, and parasitic effects can be modeled.  Toolbox support for ODB++ and databases from Cadence Allegro, Mentor Expedition, Altium, and Zuken enables signal integrity engineers to analyze the high-speed portions of the PCB layout. 

Signal Integrity Toolbox provides functions and apps for designing high-speed serial and parallel links.  Users can generate experiments covering multiple parameters, extract design metrics, and visualize waveforms and results.  The toolbox supports standard-compliant IBIS-AMI models for statistical and time-domain simulation to analyze equalization and clock recovery. 

In addition to the new products, R2021b includes major updates to Symbolic Math Toolbox, Lidar Toolbox, and Simulink Control Design, and other products in the areas of deep learning, reinforcement learning, predictive maintenance, and statistics and machine Learning.

For information on new products, enhancements, and bug fixes to the MATLAB and Simulink product families, visit the R2021b Highlights page