There are two ways to characterize the ports of the elements in INTERCONNECT, by Data Types and by Data Flow Directions. The illustrations of the different types of the ports are in the following table.
One straight rule for the connections is that only ports with the same data type can be connected. The Variant Data Type can be recognized as any other data type and once the ports are connected, the Variant port will change to the same data type port as the port it connects to. There are only two types of connections in INTERCONNECT. One is the connection between an Analyzer Input and any other types of ports, which is indicated as dashed lines, the other type of connection has no Analyzer Input involved and indicated as solid lines. One port can only have one solid line connection and as many as needed dashed line connections.