Divide one input by another
Simulink / Math Operations
HDL Coder / HDL Floating Point Operations
HDL Coder / Math Operations
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 —
Elementwise(.*)
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.
X
— Input signal to multiplyInput signal to be multiplied with other inputs.
To enable one or more X ports, specify one or
more *
characters for the Number of
inputs parameter.
Data Types: half
 single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 Boolean
 fixed point
÷
— Input signal to divide or invertInput signal for division or inversion operations.
To enable one or more ÷ ports, specify one or
more /
characters for the Number of
inputs parameter.
Data Types: half
 single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 Boolean
 fixed point
Port_1
— First input to multiply or divideFirst input to multiply or divide, provided as a scalar, vector, matrix, or ND array.
Data Types: half
 single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 Boolean
 fixed point
Port_N
— Nth input to multiply or divideNth input to multiply or divide, provided as a scalar, vector, matrix, or ND array.
Data Types: half
 single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 Boolean
 fixed point
Port_1
— Output computed by multiplying, dividing, or inverting inputsOutput computed by multiplying, dividing, or inverting inputs.
Data Types: half
 single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 Boolean
 fixed point
Number of inputs
— Control number of inputs and type of operation*/
(default)  positive integer scalar  *
or /
for each input
portControl 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 elementwise 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
ElementWise 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 elementwise mode or matrix mode, as specified by the Multiplication parameter. See ElementWise 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
elementwise mode or matrix mode, as specified by the Multiplication parameter. See ElementWise Mode and Matrix Mode for more
information.
Block Parameter:
Inputs 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'2'  '*'  '**'  '*/'  '*/*' 
... 
Default:
'*/' 
Multiplication
— Elementwise (.*) or Matrix (*) multiplicationElementwise(.*)
(default)  Matrix(*)
Specify whether the block performs Elementwise(.*)
or
Matrix(*)
multiplication.
Block Parameter:
Multiplication 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'Elementwise(.*)'  'Matrix(*)' 
Default:
'Elementwise(.*)' 
Multiply over
— All dimensions or specified dimensionAll dimensions
(default)  Specified dimension
Specify the dimension to multiply over as All dimensions
, or
Specified dimension
. When you select
Specified dimension
, you can specify the
Dimension as 1
or
2
.
To enable this parameter, set Number of inputs to *
and Multiplication to Elementwise (.*)
.
Block Parameter: CollapseMode 
Type: character vector 
Values: 'All dimensions'  'Specified dimension' 
Default: 'All dimensions' 
Dimension
— Dimension to multiply over1
(default)  2
 ...
 N
Specify the dimension to multiply over as an integer less than or equal to the number of dimensions of the input signal.
To enable this parameter, set:
Number of inputs to *
Multiplication to Elementwise (.*)
Multiply over to Specified dimension
Block Parameter: CollapseDim 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'1'  '2'  ... 
Default: '1' 
Sample time
— Specify sample time as a value other than 1
1
(default)  scalar  vectorSpecify the sample time as a value other than 1. For more information, see Specify Sample Time.
This parameter is not visible unless it is explicitly set to a value other than
1
. To learn more, see Blocks for Which Sample Time Is Not Recommended.
Block Parameter:
SampleTime 
Type: character vector 
Values: scalar or vector 
Default:
'1' 
Require all inputs to have the same data type
— Require that all inputs have the same data typeoff
(default)  on
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.
Block Parameter:
InputSameDT 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'off'  'on' 
Default:
'off' 
Output minimum
— Minimum output value for range checking[]
(default)  scalarLower value of the output range that Simulink^{®} checks.
Simulink uses the minimum to perform:
Parameter range checking (see Specify Minimum and Maximum Values for Block Parameters) for some blocks.
Simulation range checking (see Specify Signal Ranges and Enable Simulation Range Checking).
Automatic scaling of fixedpoint data types.
Optimization of the code that you generate from the model. This optimization can remove algorithmic code and affect the results of some simulation modes such as SIL or external mode. For more information, see Optimize using the specified minimum and maximum values (Embedded Coder).
Note
Output minimum does not saturate or clip the actual output signal. Use the Saturation block instead.
Block Parameter:
OutMin 
Type: character vector 
Values: '[ ]' 
scalar 
Default: '[ ]' 
Output maximum
— Maximum output value for range checking[]
(default)  scalarUpper value of the output range that Simulink checks.
Simulink uses the maximum value to perform:
Parameter range checking (see Specify Minimum and Maximum Values for Block Parameters) for some blocks.
Simulation range checking (see Specify Signal Ranges and Enable Simulation Range Checking).
Automatic scaling of fixedpoint data types.
Optimization of the code that you generate from the model. This optimization can remove algorithmic code and affect the results of some simulation modes such as SIL or external mode. For more information, see Optimize using the specified minimum and maximum values (Embedded Coder).
Note
Output maximum does not saturate or clip the actual output signal. Use the Saturation block instead.
Block Parameter:
OutMax 
Type: character vector 
Values: '[ ]' 
scalar 
Default: '[ ]' 
Output data type
— Specify the output data typeInherit: Inherit via internal
rule
(default)  Inherit: Inherit via back propagation
 Inherit: Same as first input
 double
 single
 int8
 uint8
 int16
 uint16
 int32
 uint32
 int64
 uint64
 fixdt(1,16)
 fixdt(1,16,0)
 fixdt(1,16,2^0,0)
 <data type expression>
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 Signal Data Types.
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 32bit
Generic)
, in other words, a generic
32bit 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 FixedPoint Tool to propose data types for
your model. For more information, see fxptdlg
(FixedPoint 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.
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)' 
'<data type
expression>' 
Default: 'Inherit:
Inherit via internal rule' 
Lock output data type setting against changes by the fixedpoint tools
— Prevent fixedpoint tools from overriding Output data typeoff
(default)  on
Select this parameter to prevent the fixedpoint tools from overriding the Output data type you specify on the block. For more information, see Use Lock Output Data Type Setting (FixedPoint Designer).
Block Parameter:
LockScale 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'off'  'on' 
Default:
'off' 
Integer rounding mode
— Rounding mode for fixedpoint operationsFloor
(default)  Ceiling
 Convergent
 Nearest
 Round
 Simplest
 Zero
Select the rounding mode for fixedpoint 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 FixedPoint 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 FixedPoint 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 FixedPoint Designer
round
function.
Simplest
Chooses between rounding toward floor and rounding toward zero to generate rounding code that is as efficient as possible.
Zero
Rounds number toward zero. Equivalent to the MATLAB
fix
function.
For more information, see Rounding (FixedPoint Designer).
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.
Block Parameter:
RndMeth 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'Ceiling'  'Convergent'  'Floor'  'Nearest'  'Round'  'Simplest' 
'Zero' 
Default:
'Floor' 
Saturate on integer overflow
— Method of overflow actionoff
(default)  on
Specify whether overflows saturate or wrap.
Action  Rationale  Impact on Overflows  Example 

Select this check box ( 
Your model has possible overflow, and you want explicit saturation protection in the generated code. 
Overflows saturate to either the minimum or maximum value that the data type can represent. 
The maximum value that the 
Do not select this check box ( 
You want to optimize efficiency of your generated code. You want to avoid overspecifying how a block handles outofrange signals. For more information, see Troubleshoot Signal Range Errors. 
Overflows wrap to the appropriate value that is representable by the data type. 
The maximum value that the 
When you select this check box, saturation applies to every internal operation on the block, not just the output, or result. Usually, the code generation process can detect when overflow is not possible. In this case, the code generator does not produce saturation code.
Block Parameter: SaturateOnIntegerOverflow 
Type: character vector 
Values:
'off'  'on' 
Default: 'off' 
Data Types 

Direct Feedthrough 

Multidimensional Signals 

VariableSize Signals 

ZeroCrossing Detection 

These conditions may yield different results between simulation and the generated code:
The Divide block inputs contain a
NaN
or inf
value
The Divide block generates NaN
or
inf
during execution
This difference is due to the nonfinite NaN
or
inf
values. In such cases, inspect your model
configuration and eliminate the conditions that produce NaN
or inf
.
The Simulink Coder™ build process provides efficient code for matrix inverse and division operations. This table describes the benefits and when each benefit is available.
Benefit  Small Matrices (2by2 to 5by5)  Medium Matrices (6by6 to 20by20)  Large Matrices (larger than 20by20) 

Faster code execution time, compared to R2011a and earlier releases  Yes  No  Yes 
Reduced ROM and RAM usage, compared to R2011a and earlier releases  Yes, for real values  Yes, for real values  Yes, for real values 
Reuse of variables  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Dead code elimination  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Constant folding  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Expression folding  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Consistency with MATLAB Coder results  Yes  Yes  Yes 
For blocks that have three or more inputs of different dimensions, the code might include an extra buffer to store temporary variables for intermediate results.
HDL Coder™ provides additional configuration options that affect HDL implementation and synthesized logic.
Note
When you deploy the generated HDL code onto the target hardware, make sure
that you set the signed integer division rounds to
parameter in the Hardware Implementation pane of the
Configuration Parameters dialog box to Zero
or
Floor
.
To perform an HDLoptimized divide operation, connect a Product block to a Divide block in reciprocal mode.
Default Mode
The Divide block is the same as a Product block
with Number of Inputs set to */
.
Architecture  Parameters  Description 

Linear
default  None  Generate a divide (/ ) operator in the HDL
code. 
ShiftAdd  UsePipelines  Perform divide operations on fixedpoint types by using a nonrestoring division algorithm that performs multiple shift and add operations to compute the quotient. This architecture provides improved accuracy compared to the NewtonRaphson approximation method. When you
use this architecture, to achieve a higher maximum clock
frequency on the target FPGA device, leave the
UsePipelines HDL block property to

Reciprocal Mode
When Number of Inputs is set to /
, the
Divide block is in reciprocal mode.
This block has multicycle implementations that introduce additional latency in the generated code. To see the added latency, view the generated model or validation model. See Generated Model and Validation Model (HDL Coder).
In reciprocal mode, the Divide block has the HDL block implementations described in the following table.
Architectures  Parameters  Additional cycles of latency  Description 

default Linear  None  0  When you compute a reciprocal, use the HDL divide ( 
ReciprocalRsqrtBasedNewton  Iterations  Signed input: Unsigned
input:  Use the iterative Newton method. Select this option to optimize area. The default value for The recommended value for 
ReciprocalRsqrtBasedNewtonSingleRate  Iterations  Signed input: ( Unsigned input: (  Use the single rate pipelined Newton method. Select this option to optimize speed, or if you want a single rate implementation. The
default value for The
recommended value for 
ShiftAdd  UsePipelines  Signed input: (Input wordlength + 4) Unsigned input: (Input wordlength + 4)  Perform reciprocal operation on a fixedpoint input by using a nonrestoring division algorithm that performs multiple shift and add operations to compute the reciprocal. This architecture provides improved accuracy compared to the NewtonRaphson approximation method. When you use this architecture, to achieve a higher
maximum clock frequency on the target FPGA device, leave the
UsePipelines HDL block property to

The NewtonRaphson iterative method:
$${x}_{i+1}={x}_{i}\frac{f({x}_{i})}{f\text{'}({x}_{i})}={x}_{i}(1.50.5a{x}_{i}{}^{2})$$
ReciprocalRsqrtBasedNewton
and
ReciprocalRsqrtBasedNewtonSingleRate
implement
the NewtonRaphson method with:
$$f(x)=\frac{1}{{x}^{2}}1$$
General  

ConstrainedOutputPipeline  Number of registers to place at
the outputs by moving existing delays within your design. Distributed
pipelining does not redistribute these registers. The default is

ConstrainedOutputPipeline  Number of registers to place at
the outputs by moving existing delays within your design. Distributed
pipelining does not redistribute these registers. The default is

DSPStyle  Synthesis attributes for multiplier mapping. The default is
Use this property with:

InputPipeline  Number of input pipeline stages
to insert in the generated code. Distributed pipelining and constrained
output pipelining can move these registers. The default is

OutputPipeline  Number of output pipeline stages
to insert in the generated code. Distributed pipelining and constrained
output pipelining can move these registers. The default is

LatencyStrategy  To enable this property, set HDL architecture to

CustomLatency  To enable this property, set HDL architecture to

Native Floating Point  

HandleDenormals  Specify whether you want HDL Coder to insert additional logic to handle denormal numbers in your design.
Denormal numbers are numbers that have magnitudes less than the smallest floatingpoint
number that can be represented without leading zeros in the mantissa. The default is

NFPCustomLatency  To specify a value, set
LatencyStrategy to 
MantissaMultiplyStrategy  Specify how to implement the mantissa multiplication operation during code generation.
By using different settings, you can control the DSP usage on the target FPGA device.
The default is 
DivisionAlgorithm  Specify whether to use the Radix2 or Radix4 algorithm to perform the floatingpoint division. The Radix2 mode offers a tradeoff between latency and frequency. The Radix4 mode offers a tradeoff between latency and resource usage. For more information, see DivisionAlgorithm (HDL Coder). 
To see the latency calculation for fixedpoint types with Divide and Reciprocal blocks, at the MATLAB command prompt, enter:
HDLMathLib
This block does not support code generation for division with complex signals.
When you use the Divide block in reciprocal mode, the following restrictions apply:
When you use fixedpoint types, the input and output must be scalar. To use vector inputs,
specify the Math
architecture and input a floatingpoint
value.
Only the Zero
rounding
mode is supported.
You must select the Saturate on integer overflow option on the block.
For the Divide block, only the Zero
and
Simplest
rounding modes are supported.
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