Resolve Data Properties from Simulink Signal Objects

About Explicit Signal Resolution

Stateflow® local and output data in charts can explicitly inherit properties from Simulink.Signal objects in the model workspace or base workspace. This process is called signal resolution and requires that the resolved signal have the same name as the chart output or local data.

For information about Simulink® signal resolution, see Symbol Resolution and Symbol Resolution Process in the Simulink documentation.

Inherited Properties

When Stateflow local or output data resolve to Simulink signal objects, they inherit these properties:

  • Size

  • Complexity

  • Type

  • Minimum value

  • Maximum value

  • Initial value

  • Storage class

    Storage class controls the appearance of chart data in the generated code. See Apply Custom Storage Classes in the Embedded Coder® documentation.

Enable Explicit Signal Resolution

To enable explicit signal resolution, follow these steps:

  1. In the model workspace or base workspace, define a Simulink.Signal object with the properties you want your Stateflow data to inherit.

    For more information about creating Simulink signals, see Simulink.Signal in the Simulink Reference documentation.

  2. Add output or local data to a chart.

    The Data properties dialog box opens.

  3. Enter a name for your data that matches the name of the Simulink.Signal object.

  4. In the Data properties dialog box, select the Data must resolve to Simulink signal object check box.

    After you select this check box, the dialog box removes or grays out the properties that your data inherits from the signal. For a list of properties that your data can inherit during signal resolution, see Inherited Properties.

A Simple Example

The following modelmodel shows how a chart resolves local and output data to Simulink.Signal objects.

In the base workspace, there are three Simulink.Signal objects with these properties:

NameData TypeDimensionsStorage Class
y1double1SimulinkGlobal
y2uint32[2 2]Auto
localsingle1ExportedGlobal

The chart contains three data objects — two outputs and a local variable — that will resolve to a signal with the same name, as follows:

When you build the model, each data object inherits the properties of the identically named signal:

The generated code declares the data based on the storage class that the data inherits from the associated Simulink signal. For example, the header file below declares local to be an exported global variable:

/*
 * Exported States
 *
 * Note: Exported states are block states with an exported
 * global storage class designation.
 *
 */
extern real32_T local;                  /* '<Root>/Chart' */
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