dB or not dB? Everything you ever wanted to know about decibels but were afraid to ask

dB or not dB? Everything you ever wanted to know about decibels but were afraid to ask

Sponsored by: Rohde & Schwarz

True or false? 30 dBm + 30 dBm = 60 dBm? Why does 1% work out to be -40 dB one time but then 0.1 dB or 0.05 dB the next time?

These questions sometimes leave even experienced engineers scratching their heads. Decibels are found everywhere, including power levels, voltages, reflection coefficients, noise figures, field strengths and more. What is a decibel and how should we use it in our calculations? Get a refresher on decibels by downloading this paper.

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