# Divide

Divide one input by another

Libraries:
HDL Coder / HDL Floating Point Operations
HDL Coder / Math Operations

## Description

The Divide block outputs the result of dividing its first input by its second. The inputs can be scalars, a scalar and a nonscalar, or two nonscalars that have the same dimensions. This block supports only complex input values at division ports when all ports have the same single or double data type.

The Divide block is functionally a Product block that has two block parameter values preset:

• Multiplication — `Element-wise(.*)`

• Number of Inputs — `*/`

Setting nondefault values for either of those parameters can change a Divide block to be functionally equivalent to a Product block or a Product of Elements block.

## Examples

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This example shows how to perform element-wise `(.*)` division of two inputs using the Divide block. In this example, the Divide block divides two scalars, a vector by a scalar, a scalar by a vector, and two matrices.

## Ports

### Input

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Input signal to be multiplied with other inputs.

#### Dependencies

To enable one or more X ports, specify one or more `*` characters for the Number of inputs parameter and set the Multiplication parameter to `Element-wise(.*)`.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

Input signal for division or inversion operations.

#### Dependencies

To enable one or more ÷ ports, specify one or more `/` characters for the Number of inputs parameter and set the Multiplication parameter to `Element-wise(.*)`.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

First input to multiply or divide, provided as a scalar, vector, matrix, or N-D array.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

Nth input to multiply or divide, provided as a scalar, vector, matrix, or N-D array.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

Input signal to be multiplied with other inputs.

#### Dependencies

To enable one or more * ports, specify one or more `*` characters for the Number of inputs parameter and set the Multiplication parameter to `Matrix(*)`.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

Input signal for division or inversion operations.

#### Dependencies

To enable one or more Inv ports, specify one or more `/` characters for the Number of inputs parameter and set the Multiplication parameter to `Matrix(*)`.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

### Output

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Output computed by multiplying, dividing, or inverting inputs.

Data Types: `half` | `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `Boolean` | `fixed point`

## Parameters

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### Main

Control two properties of the block:

• The number of input ports on the block

• Whether each input is multiplied or divided into the output

When you specify:

• `1` or `*` or `/`

The block has one input port. In element-wise mode, the block processes the input as described for the Product of Elements block. In matrix mode, if the parameter value is `1` or `*`, the block outputs the input value. If the value is `/`, the input must be a square matrix (including a scalar as a degenerate case) and the block outputs the matrix inverse. See Element-Wise Mode and Matrix Mode for more information.

• Integer value > 1

The block has the number of inputs given by the integer value. The inputs are multiplied together in element-wise mode or matrix mode, as specified by the Multiplication parameter. See Element-Wise Mode and Matrix Mode for more information.

• Unquoted string of two or more `*` and `/` characters

The block has the number of inputs given by the length of the character vector. Each input that corresponds to a `*` character is multiplied into the output. Each input that corresponds to a `/` character is divided into the output. The operations occur in element-wise mode or matrix mode, as specified by the Multiplication parameter. See Element-Wise Mode and Matrix Mode for more information.

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `Inputs` Type: character vector Values: ```'2' | '*' | '**' | '*/' | '*/*' | ...``` Default: `'*/'`

Specify whether the block performs `Element-wise(.*)` or `Matrix(*)` multiplication.

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `Multiplication` Type: character vector Values: `'Element-wise(.*)' | 'Matrix(*)' ` Default: `'Element-wise(.*)'`

Specify how to apply the function along specified dimensions.

• `All dimensions` — Apply function for all input values for all dimensions.

• `Specified dimension` — Apply function for all input values for specified dimension.

For example, in this model, Multiplication is set to `Element-wise(.*)`, and Apply over is set to `All dimensions`. The block returns the product of all values from all dimensions.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Number of inputs to `*` and Multiplication to `Element-wise (.*)`.

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `CollapseMode` Type: character vector Values: `'All dimensions' | 'Specified dimension'` Default: `'All dimensions'`

Specify the dimension along which to multiply, as a positive integer. For example, for a 2-D matrix, `1` applies the function to each column, and `2` applies the function to each row.

For example, in this model, Multiplication is set to `Element-wise(.*)`, Apply over is set to `Specified dimension`, and Dimension is set to `2`. The block returns the product of all values from each row.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter:

• Set Number of inputs to `*`

• Set Multiplication to ```Element-wise (.*)```

• Set Apply over to ```Specified dimension```

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `CollapseDim` Type: character vector Values: `'1' | '2' | ...` Default: `'1'`

Specify the time interval between samples. To inherit the sample time, set this parameter to `-1`. For more information, see Specify Sample Time.

#### Dependencies

This parameter is visible only if you set it to a value other than `-1`. To learn more, see Blocks for Which Sample Time Is Not Recommended.

#### Programmatic Use

To set the block parameter value programmatically, use the `set_param` function.

 Parameter: `SampleTime` Values: `"-1"` (default) | scalar or vector in quotes

### Signal Attributes

Specify if input signals must all have the same data type. If you enable this parameter, then an error occurs during simulation if the input signal types are different.

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `InputSameDT` Type: character vector Values: `'off' | 'on'` Default: `'off'`

Lower value of the output range that the software checks.

The software uses the minimum to perform:

#### Tips

Output minimum does not saturate or clip the actual output signal. Use the Saturation block instead.

#### Programmatic Use

To set the block parameter value programmatically, use the `set_param` function.

 Parameter: `OutMin` Values: `'[]'` (default) | scalar in quotes

Upper value of the output range that the software checks.

The software uses the maximum value to perform:

#### Tips

Output maximum does not saturate or clip the actual output signal. Use the Saturation block instead.

#### Programmatic Use

To set the block parameter value programmatically, use the `set_param` function.

 Parameter: `OutMax` Values: `'[]'` (default) | scalar in quotes

Choose the data type for the output. The type can be inherited, specified directly, or expressed as a data type object such as `Simulink.NumericType`. For more information, see Control Data Types of Signals.

When you select an inherited option, the block behaves as follows:

• `Inherit: Inherit via internal rule` — Simulink® chooses a data type to balance numerical accuracy, performance, and generated code size, while taking into account the properties of the embedded target hardware. If you change the embedded target settings, the data type selected by the internal rule might change. For example, if the block multiplies an input of type `int8` by a gain of `int16` and `ASIC/FPGA` is specified as the targeted hardware type, the output data type is `sfix24`. If ```Unspecified (assume 32-bit Generic)```, in other words, a generic 32-bit microprocessor, is specified as the target hardware, the output data type is `int32`. If none of the word lengths provided by the target microprocessor can accommodate the output range, Simulink software displays an error in the Diagnostic Viewer.

It is not always possible for the software to optimize code efficiency and numerical accuracy at the same time. If the internal rule doesn’t meet your specific needs for numerical accuracy or performance, use one of the following options:

• Specify the output data type explicitly.

• Use the simple choice of ```Inherit: Same as input```.

• Explicitly specify a default data type such as `fixdt(1,32,16)` and then use the Fixed-Point Tool to propose data types for your model. For more information, see `fxptdlg` (Fixed-Point Designer).

• To specify your own inheritance rule, use ```Inherit: Inherit via back propagation``` and then use a Data Type Propagation block. Examples of how to use this block are available in the Signal Attributes library Data Type Propagation Examples block.

• ```Inherit: Inherit via back propagation``` — Use data type of the driving block.

• `Inherit: Same as first input` — Use data type of first input signal.

#### Dependencies

When input is a floating-point data type smaller than single precision, the ```Inherit: Inherit via internal rule``` output data type depends on the setting of the Inherit floating-point output type smaller than single precision configuration parameter. Data types are smaller than single precision when the number of bits needed to encode the data type is less than the 32 bits needed to encode the single-precision data type. For example, `half` and `int16` are smaller than single precision.

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `OutDataTypeStr` Type: character vector Values: ```'Inherit: Inherit via internal rule``` | `'Inherit: Same as first input'` | ```'Inherit: Inherit via back propagation'``` | `'double'` | `'single'` | `'int8'` | `'uint8'` | `'int16'` | `'uint16'` | `'int32'` | `'uint32'` | `'int64'` | `'uint64'` | `'fixdt(1,16)'` | `'fixdt(1,16,0)'` | `'fixdt(1,16,2^0,0)'` | ```''``` Default: ```'Inherit: Inherit via internal rule'```

Select this parameter to prevent the fixed-point tools from overriding the Output data type you specify on the block. For more information, see Use Lock Output Data Type Setting (Fixed-Point Designer).

#### Programmatic Use

To set the block parameter value programmatically, use the `set_param` function.

 Parameter: `LockScale` Values: `'off'` (default) | `'on'`

Select the rounding mode for fixed-point operations. You can select:

`Ceiling`

Rounds positive and negative numbers toward positive infinity. Equivalent to the MATLAB® `ceil` function.

`Convergent`

Rounds number to the nearest representable value. If a tie occurs, rounds to the nearest even integer. Equivalent to the Fixed-Point Designer™ `convergent` function.

`Floor`

Rounds positive and negative numbers toward negative infinity. Equivalent to the MATLAB `floor` function.

`Nearest`

Rounds number to the nearest representable value. If a tie occurs, rounds toward positive infinity. Equivalent to the Fixed-Point Designer `nearest` function.

`Round`

Rounds number to the nearest representable value. If a tie occurs, rounds positive numbers toward positive infinity and rounds negative numbers toward negative infinity. Equivalent to the Fixed-Point Designer `round` function.

`Simplest`

Chooses between rounding toward floor and rounding toward zero to generate rounding code that is as efficient as possible. This rounding mode is affected by these configuration parameters on the Hardware Implementation pane.

• If the Signed integer division rounds to parameter is set to `Zero` or `Undefined`, `Simplest` resolves to zero.

• If the Signed integer division rounds to parameter is set to `Floor`, `Simplest` resolves to `floor`.

`Zero`

Rounds number toward zero. Equivalent to the MATLAB `fix` function.

Block parameters always round to the nearest representable value. To control the rounding of a block parameter, enter an expression using a MATLAB rounding function into the mask field.

#### Programmatic Use

 Block Parameter: `RndMeth` Type: character vector Values: ```'Ceiling' | 'Convergent' | 'Floor' | 'Nearest' | 'Round' | 'Simplest' | 'Zero'``` Default: `'Floor'`

Specify whether overflows saturate or wrap.

• `on` — Overflows saturate to either the minimum or maximum value that the data type can represent.

• `off` — Overflows wrap to the appropriate value that the data type can represent.

For example, the maximum value that the signed 8-bit integer `int8` can represent is 127. Any block operation result greater than this maximum value causes overflow of the 8-bit integer.

• With this parameter selected, the block output saturates at 127. Similarly, the block output saturates at a minimum output value of -128.

• With this parameter cleared, the software interprets the overflow-causing value as `int8`, which can produce an unintended result. For example, a block result of 130 (binary 1000 0010) expressed as `int8` is -126.

#### Tips

• Consider selecting this parameter when your model has a possible overflow and you want explicit saturation protection in the generated code.

• Consider clearing this parameter when you want to optimize efficiency of your generated code. Clearing this parameter also helps you to avoid overspecifying how a block handles out-of-range signals. For more information, see Troubleshoot Signal Range Errors.

• When you select this parameter, saturation applies to every internal operation on the block, not just the output or result.

• In general, the code generation process can detect when overflow is not possible. In this case, the code generator does not produce saturation code.

#### Programmatic Use

To set the block parameter value programmatically, use the `set_param` function.

 Parameter: `SaturateOnIntegerOverflow` Values: `'off'` (default) | `'on'`

Select the category of data to specify.

• `Inherit` — Inheritance rules for data types. Selecting `Inherit` enables a second menu/text box to the right where you can select the inheritance mode.

• `Built in` — Built-in data types. Selecting `Built in` enables a second menu/text box to the right where you can select a built-in data type.

• `Fixed point` — Fixed-point data types. Selecting `Fixed point` enables additional parameters that you can use to specify a fixed-point data type.

• `Expression` — Expressions that evaluate to data types. Selecting `Expression` enables a second menu/text box to the right, where you can enter the expression.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, click the button.

Select the data type override mode for this signal.

• When you select `Inherit`, Simulink inherits the data type override setting from its context, that is, from the block, `Simulink.Signal` object or Stateflow® chart in Simulink that is using the signal.

• When you select `Off`, Simulink ignores the data type override setting of its context and uses the fixed-point data type specified for the signal.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Mode to ```Built in``` or `Fixed point`.

#### Tips

The ability to turn off data type override for an individual data type provides greater control over the data types in your model when you apply data type override. For example, you can use this option to ensure that data types meet the requirements of downstream blocks regardless of the data type override setting.

Specify whether the fixed-point data is signed or unsigned. Signed data can represent positive and negative values, but unsigned data represents positive values only.

• `Signed`, specifies the fixed-point data as signed.

• `Unsigned`, specifies the fixed-point data as unsigned.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set the Mode to ```Fixed point```.

Specify the bit size of the word that holds the quantized integer. For more information, see Specifying a Fixed-Point Data Type.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Mode to `Fixed point`.

Specify fraction length for fixed-point data type as a positive or negative integer. For more information, see Specifying a Fixed-Point Data Type.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Scaling to `Binary point`.

Specify the method for scaling your fixed-point data to avoid overflow conditions and minimize quantization errors. For more information, see Specifying a Fixed-Point Data Type.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Mode to `Fixed point`.

Specify slope for the fixed-point data type. For more information, see Specifying a Fixed-Point Data Type.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Scaling to `Slope and bias`.

Specify bias for the fixed-point data type as any real number. For more information, see Specifying a Fixed-Point Data Type.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Scaling to `Slope and bias`.

## Block Characteristics

 Data Types `Boolean` | `double` | `fixed point` | `half` | `integer` | `single` Direct Feedthrough `yes` Multidimensional Signals `yes` Variable-Size Signals `yes` Zero-Crossing Detection `no`

## Version History

Introduced before R2006a