R2016a at a Glance

New Releases

Access new product features and offerings through releases twice a year. Learn more about the benefits of upgrading MATLAB® and Simulink® products.

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Release Highlights

MATLAB Live Editor

Accelerate the way you work in MATLAB.

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App Designer

Develop MATLAB applications with an enhanced design environment and UI component set.

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Deep Learning

Use deep learning for image classification problems.

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Simulink Start Page

Access templates, recent models, and featured examples.

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New Engine for SimEvents

Create discrete-event models and schedulers with event actions and new blocks.

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Flight Instruments Library

Display flight conditions with standard cockpit instruments.

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Updates by Product

MATLAB Product Family


Live Editor for:

  • Developing live scripts that contain results and graphics together with the associated code
  • Creating an interactive narrative for sharing that includes code, results, and graphics as well as formatted text, hyperlinks, images, and equations


  • App Designer for building MATLAB apps with line and scatter plots using an enhanced design environment and an expanded UI component set
  • New multiple y-axis plots, polar plots, and equation visualization
  • Pause, debug, and resume MATLAB® code execution

Neural Network Toolbox

  • Deep learning with convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for image classification tasks using GPU acceleration in Parallel Computing Toolbox™

Symbolic Math Toolbox

  • Integration with the MATLAB Live Editor for editing symbolic code and visualizing results, and converting MuPAD® notebooks to live scripts

Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox

  • Classification Learner app that trains multiple models automatically, visualizes results by class labels, and performs logistic regression classification

Control System Toolbox

  • New and redesigned apps for designing SISO controllers, automatically tuning MIMO systems, and creating reduced-order models

Image Acquisition Toolbox

  • Support for Kinect® for Windows® v2 and USB 3 Vision

Computer Vision System Toolbox

  • Optical character recognition (OCR) Trainer app, pedestrian detection, and structure from motion and bundle adjustment for 3-D vision

Trading Toolbox

  • Transaction cost analysis for trading, sensitivity, and post-trade execution

Simulink Product Family


  • Start page for starting or resuming work faster by accessing templates, recent models, and featured examples
  • Automatic solver option to set up and simulate your model more quickly
  • Simulation of system models targeting heterogeneous devices such as Xilinx® and Altera® SoC architectures
  • Simulink units to specify, visualize, and check units at interfaces of Simulink, Stateflow®, and Simscape™ components
  • Variant Source and Sink blocks for defining and propagating variant conditions to connected functionality with compiler directives in generated code

Aerospace Blockset

  • Standard cockpit instruments for displaying flight conditions


  • New discrete-event simulation and modeling engine with event-actions, MATLAB discrete-event system object authoring, and Simulink and Stateflow automatic domain transitions


  • New equation reduction and simulation technology for faster simulation and run-time parameter tuning in generated code

Simscape Fluids

  • Thermal Liquid library for modeling systems with liquids whose properties vary with temperature

Simulink Design Optimization

  • Sensitivity Analysis Tool using design of experiments, Monte Carlo simulations, and correlation analysis

Simulink Report Generator

  • Three-way model merge for graphically resolving conflicts between revisions within a Simulink project

Signal Processing and Communications

Antenna Toolbox

  • Dielectric modeling for analyzing substrate effects in antennas and finite antenna arrays

RF Toolbox

  • RF Budget Analyzer for computing gain, noise figure, and IP3 for cascaded RF components


  • Automatic RF Testbench generation

Audio System Toolbox

  • A new product for designing and testing audio processing systems

WLAN System Toolbox

  • A new product for simulating, analyzing, and testing the physical layer of WLAN communications systems

Code Generation

Embedded Coder

  • Compiler directive generation for implementing signal dimension as a #define

HDL Coder

  • HDL-optimized FFT and IFFT that support frame input for giga-sample per-second (GSPS) design

HDL Verifier

  • PCIe FPGA-in-the-loop for simulating algorithms on Xilinx® KC705/VC707 and Altera® Cyclone® V GT/Stratix V DSP development boards via the PCI Express® interface

Verification and Validation

Polyspace Code Prover

  • Support for long-double floating point and improved support for Infinity and NaN

Simulink Design Verifier

  • Automatic test generation for C code S-functions

IEC Certification Kit

  • IEC 62304 medical standard support for Simulink Verification and Validation™

Simulink Test

  • Author and execute real-time tests with Simulink Real-Time™

Release Notes by Product

* Indicates major update