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Create Spotlight Views

A system being designed in System Composer™ for a real application is usually large and complex. It typically consists of many complex functions working together to fulfill the system requirements. In the process of designing and analyzing such architectures, you must understand existing components and what needs to be added. A spotlight view is a simplified view of a model that captures the upstream and downstream dependencies of a specific component. Use the model below to begin creating spotlight views.

Mobile Robot Architecture Model with Properties

This example shows a mobile robot architecture model with stereotypes applied to components and properties defined.

Create Spotlight Views from Components

Create views dynamically using spotlight views.

  1. Double-click the Sensors component, then select the DataProcessing component.

  2. Right-click the DataProcessing component and select Create Spotlight from Component. Alternatively, select the DataProcessing component and navigate to Modeling > Architecture Views > Spotlight.

    The spotlight view launches and shows all model elements to which the DataProcessing component connects. The spotlight diagram is laid out automatically and cannot be edited. However, it allows you to inspect just a single component and study its connectivity to other components.

    Note

    Spotlight views are transient. They are not saved with the model.

    Spotlight view of the data processing component.

  3. Shift the spotlight to another component. Select the Motion component. Click the ellipsis above the component to open the action menu. To create a spotlight from the component, click .

    Selected spotlight from the motion component.

    To view the architecture model at the level of a particular component, select the component and click .

    Show motion component in composition.

  4. To return to the architecture model view, click .

You can make the hierarchy and connectivity of a component visible at all times during model development by opening the spotlight view in a separate window. To show the spotlight view in a dedicated window, select Open in New Window in the component context menu, then create the spotlight view. Spotlight views are dynamic and transient: any change in the composition refreshes any open spotlight views, and spotlight views are not saved with the model.

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