Because MATLAB^{®} software does not have type declarations,
an assignment like `A = B`

replaces the type and
content of `A`

with the type and content of `B`

.
If `A`

does not exist at the time of the assignment, MATLAB creates
the variable `A`

and assigns it the same type and
value as `B`

. Such assignment happens with all types
in MATLAB—objects and built-in types alike—including `fi`

, `double`

, `single`

, `int8`

, `uint8`

, `int16`

,
etc.

For example, the following code overwrites the value and `int8`

type
of `A`

with the value and `int16`

type
of `B`

:

A = int8(0); B = int16(32767); A = B A = 32767 class(A) ans = int16

You may find it useful to cast data into another type—for example, when you are casting data from an accumulator to memory. There are several ways to cast data in MATLAB. The following sections provide examples of three different methods:

Casting by Subscripted Assignment

Casting by Conversion Function

Casting with the Fixed-Point Designer™

`reinterpretcast`

FunctionCasting with the

`cast`

Function

The following subscripted assignment statement retains the type
of `A`

and saturates the value of `B`

to
an `int8`

:

A = int8(0); B = int16(32767); A(:) = B A = 127 class(A) ans = int8

The same is true for `fi`

objects:

fipref('NumericTypeDisplay', 'short'); A = fi(0, 1, 8, 0); B = fi(32767, 1, 16, 0); A(:) = B A = 127 s8,0

For more information on subscripted assignments, see the `subsasgn`

function.

You can convert from one data type to another by using a conversion
function. In this example, `A`

does not have to be
predefined because it is overwritten.

B = int16(32767); A = int8(B) A = 127 class(A) ans = int8

The same is true for `fi`

objects:

B = fi(32767, 1, 16, 0) A = fi(B, 1, 8, 0) B = 32767 s16,0 A = 127 s8,0

**Using a numerictype Object in the fi Conversion Function. **Often a specific `numerictype`

is used in many
places, and it is convenient to predefine `numerictype`

objects
for use in the conversion functions. Predefining these objects is
a good practice because it also puts the data type specification in
one place.

T8 = numerictype(1,8,0) T8 = DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling Signedness: Signed WordLength: 8 FractionLength: 0 T16 = numerictype(1,16,0) T16 = DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling Signedness: Signed WordLength: 16 FractionLength: 0 B = fi(32767,T16) B = 32767 s16,0 A = fi(B, T8) A = 127 s8,0

You can convert fixed-point and built-in data types without
changing the underlying data. The Fixed-Point
Designer `reinterpretcast`

function performs
this type of conversion.

In the following example, `B`

is an unsigned `fi`

object
with a word length of 8 bits and a fraction length of 5 bits. The `reinterpretcast`

function
converts `B`

into a signed `fi`

object `A`

with
a word length of 8 bits and a fraction length of 1 bit. The real-world
values of `A`

and `B`

differ, but
their binary representations are the same.

B = fi([pi/4 1 pi/2 4], 0, 8, 5) T = numerictype(1, 8, 1); A = reinterpretcast(B, T) B = 0.7813 1.0000 1.5625 4.0000 DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling Signedness: Unsigned WordLength: 8 FractionLength: 5 A = 12.5000 16.0000 25.0000 -64.0000 DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling Signedness: Signed WordLength: 8 FractionLength: 1

To verify that the underlying data has not changed, compare
the binary representations of `A`

and `B`

:

binary_B = bin(B) binary_A = bin(A) binary_A = 00011001 00100000 00110010 10000000 binary_B = 00011001 00100000 00110010 10000000

Using the `cast`

function,
you can convert the value of a variable to the same `numerictype`

,
complexity, and `fimath`

as another variable.

In the following example, `a`

is cast to the
data type of `b`

. The output, `c`

,
has the same `numerictype`

and `fimath`

properties
as `b`

, and the value of `a`

.

a = pi; b = fi([],1,16,13,'RoundingMethod',Floor); c= cast(a,'like',b) c = 3.1415 DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling Signedness: Signed WordLength: 16 FractionLength: 13 RoundingMethod: Floor OverflowAction: Saturate ProductMode: FullPrecision SumMode: FullPrecision

Using this syntax allows you to specify data types separately from your algorithmic code as described in Manual Fixed-Point Conversion Best Practices.