MathWorks announced Release 2013a (R2013a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families.

MathWorks announced Release 2013a (R2013a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. Prashant Rao inteviewd here to know more about the product and its features.
What are the new highlights in the 13a announcement?The latest release R2013a introduces two new products, Trading Toolbox™ and Fixed-Point Designer™, and functionality updates to MATLAB®, Simulink®, as well as 82 other products.
Trading Toolbox is a new product for accessing prices and sending orders to trading systems. Fixed- Point Toolbox is a new product that combines the functionality of Fixed-Point Toolbox and Simulink Fixed Point. One of the highlights within MATLAB is the incorporation of a new unit testing framework for the MATLAB language that allows writing and running unit tests and analyzing test results. Amongst other enhancements, Simulink has a new Performance Advisor that analyzes a model for simulation bottlenecks and provides advice on steps that can be taken to speed up the time it takes to build or run a model. Built-in support for Raspberry Pi™ and Gumstix® Overo® low-cost educational hardware has been added to Simulink. This is in addition to the existing support for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT, Arduino®, Pandaboard, and Beagleboard.
Talk about the Fixed Point Design and how it benefits the designer?Fixed-Point Designer™ provides data types and tools for developing fixed-point algorithms in MATLAB code, Simulink models, and Stateflow charts. It automatically proposes fixed-point data types and attributes such as word length and rounding mode. Designers can also specify these attributes manually. One can perform accelerated bit-true simulations to observe the impact of limited range and precision.
Fixed-Point Designer lets designers convert
Explain about the application areas that these offerings cater toOur offerings cater to a broad spectrum of application areas, ranging across numerical computing, control design, signal/image/video processing, financial mathematical modeling, and embedded system design.
floating-point algorithms to fixed point. Designers can create and optimize fixed-point data types that meet their numerical accuracy requirements and target-hardware constraints. Designers can simulate designs and analyze the results to obtain range information. Fixed-Point Designer uses this information to recommend word lengths and scalings for a given fixed-point algorithm and facilitate comparisons of fixed-point results with floating-point baselines..
Are all of the 13a offerings available in

All offering are available to our customers in India
Highlight the advantages that the existing user gains from these new offerings.
An existing user who subscribes to our Software Maintenance Service (SMS) can download the latest release R2013a and avail the latest enhancements for the licensed products. By using the latest product features, users can increase their effectiveness and efficiency in the areas in which they use our products.

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