MATLAB coming to Mac OS X later this year

The MathWorks -- a developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government and education -- plans on making MATLAB, its technical computing software, available on Mac OS X.

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The compatibility will come with the next release of The MathWorks product line, according to Cleve Moler, chairman and chief scientist at The MathWorks and the original author of MATLAB. No word on when exactly that might be, except that it'll be "later this year." Pricing will be announced at the same time as availability.

"Having MATLAB back on the Mac is tremendous for Apple's scientific and engineering customers," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "This is a perfect example of how developers are taking advantage of Mac OS X's Unix core combined with industry standards like OpenGL and Java."

Those in the engineering and science field have long wanted MATLAB to come to the Mac platform. MATLAB provides core mathematics and advanced graphical tools for data analysis, visualization and algorithm and application development. Widely used by engineers and scientists, it has over 500 mathematical, statistical and engineering functions.

It's an integrated technical computing environment that combines numeric computation, advanced graphics and visualization and a high-level programming language. MATLAB includes functions for: data analysis and visualization; numeric and symbolic computation; engineering and scientific graphics; modeling, simulation and prototyping; programming, application development; and GUI (graphical user interface) design.

MATLAB is used in a variety of application areas including signal and image processing, control system design, financial engineering, and medical research. The open architecture makes it easy to use MATLAB and companion products to explore data and create custom tools that provide early insights and competitive advantages, according to The Mathworks.

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