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Create architecture subsystem from component

Since R2023a



createArchitectureSubsystem(component,subsystemName) creates an architecture subsystem from the component component that references the subsystem subsystemName.


Components with physical ports cannot be saved as architecture models, model references, software architectures, or Stateflow® chart behaviors. Components with physical ports can only be saved as subsystem references or as subsystem component behaviors.


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Save the component robotComp in the RobotSubsystem.slx subsystem and reference the subsystem.

Create a model named archModel.slx.

model = systemcomposer.createModel("archModel");
arch = get(model,"Architecture");

Add two components to the model electricComp and robotComp. Rearrange the model.

names = ["electricComp","robotComp"];
comp = addComponent(arch,names);

Save the robotComp component as an architecture subsystem so the component references the subsystem RobotSubsystem.slx.


Input Arguments

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Component, specified as a systemcomposer.arch.Component object. The component must have an architecture with definition type composition. For other definition types, this function gives an error.

Name of subsystem, specified as a character vector or string.

Example: "exMobileRobotSubsystem"

Data Types: char | string

More About

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TermDefinitionApplicationMore Information

A System Composer™ architecture represents a system of components and how they interface with each other structurally and behaviorally.

Different types of architectures describe different aspects of systems. You can use views to visualize a subset of components in an architecture. You can define parameters on the architecture level using the Parameter Editor.


A System Composer model is the file that contains architectural information, including components, ports, connectors, interfaces, and behaviors.

Perform operations on a model:

  • Extract the root-level architecture contained in the model.

  • Apply profiles.

  • Link interface data dictionaries.

  • Generate instances from model architecture.

A System Composer model is stored as an SLX file.

Create Architecture Model with Interfaces and Requirement Links

A component is a nontrivial, nearly independent, and replaceable part of a system that fulfills a clear function in the context of an architecture. A component defines an architectural element, such as a function, a system, hardware, software, or other conceptual entity. A component can also be a subsystem or subfunction.

Represented as a block, a component is a part of an architecture model that can be separated into reusable artifacts. Transfer information between components with:


A port is a node on a component or architecture that represents a point of interaction with its environment. A port permits the flow of information to and from other components or systems.

These are different types of ports:

  • Component ports are interaction points on the component to other components.

  • Architecture ports are ports on the boundary of the system, whether the boundary is within a component or the overall architecture model.


Connectors are lines that provide connections between ports. Connectors describe how information flows between components or architectures.

A connector allows two components to interact without defining the nature of the interaction. Set an interface on a port to define how the components interact.


TermDefinitionApplicationMore Information
reference component

A reference component is a component whose definition is a separate architecture model, Simulink® behavior model, or Simulink subsystem behavior. A reference component represents a logical hierarchy of other compositions.

You can reuse compositions in the model using reference components. There are three types of reference components:

  • Model references are Simulink models.

  • Subsystem references are Simulink subsystems.

  • Architecture references are System Composer architecture models or subsystems.


A parameter is an instance-specific value of a value type.

Parameters are available for inlined architectures and components. Parameters are also available for components linked to model references or architecture references that specify model arguments. You can specify independent values for a parameter on each component.

subsystem component

A subsystem component is a Simulink subsystem that is part of the parent System Composer architecture model.

Add Simulink subsystem behavior to a component to author a subsystem component in System Composer. You cannot synchronize and reuse subsystem components as Reference Component blocks because the component is part of the parent model.

state chart

A state chart diagram demonstrates the state-dependent behavior of a component throughout its state lifecycle and the events that can trigger a transition between states.

Add Stateflow chart behavior to describe a component using state machines. You cannot synchronize and reuse Stateflow chart behaviors as Reference Component blocks because the component is part of the parent model.

Version History

Introduced in R2023a