R2018a at a Glance


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Release Highlights

Plot and analyze your network using network analyzer, generate CUDA code that integrates with TensorRT, and deploy deep learning networks to Intel and ARM processors.

Big data smoothing and outlier detection using tall arrays, grouped calculations, and C code generation for additional machine learning classifiers.

Model and simulate vehicle dynamics in a virtual 3D environment.

Develop algorithms to monitor machine health and estimate time-to-failure.


Updates by Product

MATLAB Product Family


  • Live functions, documentation authoring, debugging, and interactive controls for embedding sliders and drop-down menus in the Live Editor
  • App (UI) testing framework, C++ MEX interface, custom tab completion, and function assistants for advanced software development


  • Hardware connectivity for communicating with USB webcams

Econometrics Toolbox

  • Econometric Modeler app for performing time series analysis, specification testing, modeling, and diagnostics

Image Processing Toolbox

  • 3-D image processing and volume visualization

Partial Differential Equation Toolbox

  • Structural dynamic analysis to find natural frequencies, mode shapes, and transient response

Optimization Toolbox

  • Branching methods for solving mixed-integer linear problems faster

Deep Learning

Neural Network Toolbox

  • Support package for importing deep learning layers and networks designed in TensorFlow®-Keras
  • Long short-term memory (LSTM) networks for solving regression problems, and doing text classification with Text Analytics Toolbox™
  • Adam, RMSProp, and gradient clipping to improve network training
  • Accelerated training for directed acyclic graph (DAG) networks using multiple GPUs and computing intermediate layer activations

Computer Vision System Toolbox

  • Image Labeler app to automate labeling of individual pixels for semantic segmentation

GPU Coder

  • CUDA® code generation for networks with directed acyclic graph (DAG) topology and pretrained networks like GoogLeNet, ResNet, and SegNet
  • C code generation for deep learning networks on Intel® and ARM® processors

Data Analytics

Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox

  • High-density data visualization with scatter plots in the Classification Learner app
  • Big data algorithms for kernel SVM regression, computing confusion matrices, and creating nonstratified partitions for cross-validation

Text Analytics Toolbox

  • Multiword phrase extraction and counting, HTML text extraction, and detection of sentences, email addresses, and URLs
  • Stochastic LDA model training for large datasets

Predictive Maintenance Toolbox

  • A new product for designing and testing condition monitoring and predictive maintenance algorithms

Simulink Product Family


  • Simulation Pacing for running simulations at wall clock speed or other specified pace for improved visualization
  • Simulation Data Inspector in the Live Editor for directly adding, viewing, and editing plots

Simulink 3D Animation

  • Collision detection for sensing collisions of virtual world objects using point clouds, raytracing, and primitive geometries


  • Moist air domain and block library to model HVAC and environmental control systems
  • Partitioning local solver to increase real-time simulation speed


Automated Driving System Toolbox

  • Driving Scenario Designer app for interactively defining actors and driving scenarios to test control and sensor fusion algorithms

Model Predictive Control Toolbox

  • ADAS blocks for designing, simulating, and implementing adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping algorithms

Vehicle Network Toolbox

  • CAN FD protocol support in Simulink®, and XCP over Ethernet to communicate with ECUs from MATLAB® or Simulink

Model-Based Calibration Toolbox

  • Powertrain Blockset™ integration for using measured data to calibrate and generate tables forPowertrain Blockset mapped engines

Vehicle Dynamics Blockset

  • A new product for modeling and simulating vehicle dynamics in a virtual 3D environment

Code Generation

Embedded Coder

  • Embedded Coder® dictionary for defining custom code generation configurations for data and functions
  • Code Perspective for customizing Simulink desktop for code generation workflows


  • Row-major array layout to simplify interfacing generated code with C environments storing arrays in row-major format
  • Sparse matrix support to enable more efficient computation using sparse matrices in generated code
  • C code generation for machine learning deployment including k-nearest neighbor, nontree ensemble models, and distance calculations with Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox™

Fixed-Point Designer

  • Lookup table optimization for approximating functions and minimizing existing lookup table RAM usage

HDL Coder

  • Matrix support enabling HDL code generation directly from algorithms with two-dimensional matrix data types and operations

Signal Processing and Communications

Signal Processing Toolbox

  • Signal Analyzer app for processing multiple signals and extracting regions of interest from signals
  • Vibration signal analysis from rotating machinery using RPM tracking and order analysis

LTE System Toolbox

  • NB-IoT support to model the narrowband Internet of Things transport and physical downlink shared channel

RF Blockset

  • Power amplifier model for capturing nonlinearity and memory effects based on input/output device characteristics

Wavelet Toolbox

  • Continuous and discrete wavelet transform filter banks

Robotics System Toolbox

  • Lidar-based SLAM for localizing robots and map environments using lidar sensors

Verification and Validation

Simulink Requirements

  • Requirements import with ReqIF for importing requirements from third-party tools such as IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation or Siemens® Polarion

Simulink Test

  • Coverage aggregation to combine coverage results from multiple test runs

Polyspace Code Prover

  • AUTOSAR support for static analysis of AUTOSAR software components

Release Notes by Product

* Indicates major update