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CORDIC-based absolute value


r = cordicabs(c)
r = cordicabs(c,niters)
r = cordicabs(c,niters,'ScaleOutput',b)
r = cordicabs(c,'ScaleOutput',b)


r = cordicabs(c) returns the magnitude of the complex elements of C.

r = cordicabs(c,niters) performs niters iterations of the algorithm.

r = cordicabs(c,niters,'ScaleOutput',b) specifies both the number of iterations and, depending on the Boolean value of b, whether to scale the output by the inverse CORDIC gain value.

r = cordicabs(c,'ScaleOutput',b) scales the output depending on the Boolean value of b.

Input Arguments


c is a vector of complex values.


niters is the number of iterations the CORDIC algorithm performs. This argument is optional. When specified, niters must be a positive, integer-valued scalar. If you do not specify niters, or if you specify a value that is too large, the algorithm uses a maximum value. For fixed-point operation, the maximum number of iterations is the word length of r or one less than the word length of theta, whichever is smaller. For floating-point operation, the maximum value is 52 for double or 23 for single. Increasing the number of iterations can produce more accurate results but also increases the expense of the computation and adds latency.

Name-Value Arguments

Optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside single quotes ('').


ScaleOutput is a Boolean value that specifies whether to scale the output by the inverse CORDIC gain factor. This argument is optional. If you set ScaleOutput to true or 1, the output values are multiplied by a constant, which incurs extra computations. If you set ScaleOutput to false or 0, the output is not scaled.

Default: true

Output Arguments


r contains the magnitude values of the complex input values. If the inputs are fixed-point values, r is also fixed point (and is always signed, with binary point scaling). All input values must have the same data type. If the inputs are signed, then the word length of r is the input word length + 2. If the inputs are unsigned, then the word length of r is the input word length + 3. The fraction length of r is always the same as the fraction length of the inputs.


Compare cordicabs and abs of double values.

 dblValues = complex(rand(5,4),rand(5,4));
 r_dbl_ref = abs(dblValues)
 r_dbl_cdc = cordicabs(dblValues)

Compute absolute values of fixed-point inputs.

 fxpValues = fi(dblValues);
 r_fxp_cdc = cordicabs(fxpValues)

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CORDIC is an acronym for COordinate Rotation DIgital Computer. The Givens rotation-based CORDIC algorithm is one of the most hardware-efficient algorithms available because it requires only iterative shift-add operations (see References). The CORDIC algorithm eliminates the need for explicit multipliers. Using CORDIC, you can calculate various functions such as sine, cosine, arc sine, arc cosine, arc tangent, and vector magnitude. You can also use this algorithm for divide, square root, hyperbolic, and logarithmic functions.

Increasing the number of CORDIC iterations can produce more accurate results, but doing so increases the expense of the computation and adds latency.

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Signal Flow Diagrams

CORDIC Vectoring Kernel

The accuracy of the CORDIC kernel depends on the choice of initial values for X, Y, and Z. This algorithm uses the following initial values:

x0 is initialized to the x input valuey0 is initialized to the y input valuez0 is initialized to 0

fimath Propagation Rules

CORDIC functions discard any local fimath attached to the input.

The CORDIC functions use their own internal fimath when performing calculations:

  • OverflowActionWrap

  • RoundingMethodFloor

The output has no attached fimath.

Extended Capabilities

Version History

Introduced in R2011b