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Reference Component

Link to an architectural definition or Simulink behavior

Description

Use a Reference Component block to link an architectural definition of a System Composer™ component or a Simulink® behavior.

Reference Component block

To add or connect System Composer components:

  • Add an architecture Reference Component from the Modeling tab or the palette. You can also click and drag a box on the canvas, selecting the Reference Component option once complete.

  • Add a port by selecting an edge of the component and choosing a direction from the menu: Input or Output

  • Click and drag the port to create a connection. Connect to another component, or have the option of creating a new component to complete the connection.

  • To connect the architecture Reference Component blocks to architecture or composition model root ports, drag from the component ports to the containing model boundary. When you release the connection, a root port is created at the boundary.

To manage Reference Component contents:

  • Upon creating a Reference Component, you have the option to right-click on the component and select Block Parameters. From here, you can specify your reference model name, if it already exists. The reference model can be a System Composer architecture model or a Simulink model.

  • With a regular Component block, you can right-click on the block and convert it into a reference component.

    • Select Save As Architecture Model to save the contents of the component as an architecture model that can be referenced in multiple places and kept in sync. The component will become a reference component that links to the referenced architecture model.

    • Select Create Simulink Behavior to create a new Simulink reference model and link to it.

    • Select Link to Model to link to a known model that can be either a System Composer architecture model or a Simulink model.

  • To break the reference link for a Reference Component, you have the option to right-click and select Inline Model which inlines the contents of the architecture model referenced by the specified component and breaks the link to the reference model. The Reference Component becomes a regular Component block.

Ports

Input

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If you connect to a source component, the interfaces on the ports are shared.

Output

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If you connect to a destination component, the interfaces on the ports are shared.

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Introduced in R2019a