Wait a minute! I’ve seen statements such as:
Of course, Power is
a unitless parameter!?!
True! But look at how power is expressed; not in dB, but in
What the heck does dB
refer to ??
It’s sort of a
!Say we have some power
. Now say we divide this value
byone 1 Watt. The result is a unitless value that expresses thevalue of
in relation to 1.0 Watt of power.For example, if 2500
, then 125
. This simplymeans that power
is 2.5 times larger than one Watt!Since the value 1
is unitless, we can express this value indecibels!
…. the output power is 5 dBw ….or …. the input power is 17 dBm ….