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I have created a simple model which has a packet input block which stores the received data into the workspace. I have the packet input block connected to COM7 , which is connected to COM1 through a null modem cable. I run the model at a sample time of 0.1 sec and send some random characters from the terminal (COM1). I receive the characters correctly but when I send only a single character once in the simulation time , the workspace shows the same character throughout the rest of the simulation time until and unless I send another character. What could be a possible solution to this , if I don't want this to happen ?
What you see is the correct behavior. The value of the last received character stays on the block output until a new character is received. To detect where a new character has been received, please use the Data Ready output of the block. A value of one on this output port indicates that new data has been recieved, a value of zero indicates that no new data has been received. You can combine this signal with the output data to produce whatever result you need.