# How to Convert dbc to db

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#### Prasath Ayyalraj

##### Junior Member level 1
Hello, I need to convert dbc to db (of signal to noise ratio). Can anyone help me on this

#### lw1ecp

##### Member level 3
I suppose you are talking about "decibels relative to carrier". You can find it used to measure the noise power density at a given offset from the carrier. E.g. if the noise power 10kHz away in a 1Hz bandwidth is 80dB below carrier power, then you can say SSB noise there is -80dBc. There's no need to convert to dB, the "c" simply tells you which is the reference.

Prasath Ayyalraj

### Prasath Ayyalraj

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#### Prasath Ayyalraj

##### Junior Member level 1
In the Datasheet of AD9235BRU-40 (ADC) from Analog i am having SNR=68.5 dBc @ 100
MHz. So I am say SNR=-68.5 dB. I Am i right?

#### axcdd

##### Full Member level 3
Yes its SNR ratio calculated for maximal input/output signal.

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### Prasath Ayyalraj

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#### FvM

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signal to noise ration should be a positive dB number.

#### Prasath Ayyalraj

##### Junior Member level 1
SO if SNR = +10dB then SNR = -10dBc and
if SNR = -10dB then SNR = +10dBc

Am i right?

#### axcdd

##### Full Member level 3
nonono ;p

lets give an example: unsigned 10 bit adc => so output is from 0 to 2^(10)-1. The maximum output value 2^(10)-1 is equall to 0 dBc. SNR is in log scale equall to Signal - Noise. Noise in dBc scale is always with '-' as it cant physically be greater then adc resolution ( max output), so SNR is always positive number.

No matter what the scale SNR with '-' means that Noise is much greater then usefull signal.

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