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Configure Simulink Environment for Communications Models

Communications Toolbox Simulink Model Template

The Communications Toolbox™ Simulink® model template lets you automatically configure the Simulink environment with the recommended settings for communications modeling. Communications Toolbox Simulink model templates enable reuse of settings, including configuration parameters. The model you create from the template uses best practices and takes advantage of previous solutions to common problems which helps you get started more quickly.

For more information on Simulink model templates, see Build and Edit a Model Interactively (Simulink).

Create Model Using the Communications Toolbox Simulink Model Template

To create a new blank model and open the library browser:

  1. On the MATLAB® Home tab, click Simulink, and choose the Communications model template.

  2. Click Create Model to create an empty model with settings suitable for use with Communications Toolbox. The new model opens. To access the library browser, click the Library Browser button on the model toolbar.

The new model using the template settings and contents appears in the Simulink Editor. The model is only in memory until you save it.

Communications Toolbox Simulink Model Template

When you create a model by choosing the Communications Toolbox Simulink model template, the model is configured to use the settings recommended for communications modeling. Some of these settings are:

Configuration ParameterSetting

Block Characteristics

You can type showcommblockdatatypetable at the MATLAB command line to generate a table showing characteristics of Simulink blocks in Communications Toolbox.

Access Communications Toolbox Block Library

You can access the main Communications Toolbox block library by entering commlib at the MATLAB command line.

Main Communications Toolbox block library

Alternatively, to view the block libraries for the products you have installed, you can select the Library browser icon from the Library tab in a model window.

.Simulink library browser

The left pane displays the installed products, each of which has its own library of blocks. To view the contents of a library in the right pane, select a product library in the left pane.

To Workspace Block Configuration for Communications System Simulations

When simulating a communications system and saving signals to the MATLAB workspace, configure the To Workspace (Simulink) block to save sample values as a 2-D array. To load the block preconfigured with the Save format set to Array and Save 2-D signals set to 2-D array, select the version in the DSP System Toolbox™ / Sinks sublibrary.

Select To Workspace block from DSP System Toolbox/Sinks sublibrary

With these settings the output at each time step is concatenated along the first dimension. The first dimension of the array aligns with time such that simout(1,:) returns the first logged signal value. The output array contains only signal values and does not contain time data.

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