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Extract and output elements of virtual vector signal

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The Demux block extracts the components of an input vector signal and outputs separate signals. The output signal ports are ordered from top to bottom. See Mux Signals for information about creating and decomposing vectors.



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Vector input signal from which the Demux block selects scalar signals or smaller vectors.


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Output signals extracted from the input vector. The output signal ports are ordered from top to bottom. See Port Location After Rotating or Flipping for a description of the port order for various block orientations.


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Specify the number and, optionally, the dimensionality of each output port. If you do not specify the dimensionality of the outputs, the block determines the dimensionality of the outputs.

The value can be a scalar specifying the number of outputs or a vector whose elements specify the widths of the block output ports. The block determines the size of its outputs from the size of the input signal and the value of the Number of outputs parameter.

If you specify a scalar for the Number of outputs parameter and all of the output ports are connected, as you draw a new signal line close to output side of a Demux block, Simulink adds a port and updates the Number of outputs parameter.

For an input vector of width n, here is what the block outputs.

Parameter ValueBlock outputs...Examples and Comments

p = n

p scalar signals

If the input is a three-element vector and you specify three outputs, the block outputs three scalar signals.

p > n


This value is not supported.

p < n

n mod p = 0

p vector signals each having n/p elements

If the input is a six-element vector and you specify three outputs, the block outputs three two-element vectors.

p < n

n mod p = m

m vector signals each having (n/p)+1 elements and p-m signals having n/p elements

If the input is a five-element vector and you specify three outputs, the block outputs two two-element vector signals and one scalar signal.

[p1 p2 ... pm]


pi > 0

m vector signals having widths p1, p2, ... pm

If the input is a five-element vector and you specify [3, 2] as the output, the block outputs three of the input elements on one port and the other two elements on the other port.

An array that has one or more of m elements with a value of -1, which specifies that Simulink infers the size for the element.

For example, suppose that you have a four-element array with a total width of 14 and you specify the parameter to be [p1 p2 -1 p4].

The value for the third element (the -1 element) is 14 - (p1 + p2 + p4)

m vector signals

If pi is greater than zero, the corresponding output has width pi. If pi is -1, the width of the corresponding output is computed dynamically.

[p1 p2 ... pm]


pi = > 0


This value is not supported

If you specify the number of outputs that is smaller than the number of input elements, the block distributes the elements as evenly as possible over the outputs. For examples, see Extract Vector Elements and Distribute Evenly Across Outputs and Extract Vector Elements Using the Demux Block.

Programmatic Use

Block Parameter: Outputs
Type: scalar or vector
Values: character vector
Default: {'2'} or vector

By default, the block icon is a solid bar of the block foreground color. To display the icon as a box containing the block type name, select none.

Programmatic Use

Block Parameter: Display option
Type: character vector
Values: 'bar' | 'none'
Default: 'bar'

Block Characteristics

Data Types

Boolean | double | enumerated | fixed point | integer | single

Direct Feedthrough


Multidimensional Signals


Variable-Size Signals


Zero-Crossing Detection


Extended Capabilities

PLC Code Generation
Generate Structured Text code using Simulink® PLC Coder™.

Introduced before R2006a