# Measure the Power of a Signal

The power of a signal is the sum of the absolute squares of its time-domain samples divided by the signal length, or, equivalently, the square of its RMS level. The function `bandpower`

allows you to estimate signal power in one step.

Consider a unit chirp embedded in white Gaussian noise and sampled at 1 kHz for 1.2 seconds. The chirp's frequency increases in one second from an initial value of 100 Hz to 300 Hz. The noise has variance $$0.0{1}^{2}$$. Reset the random number generator for reproducible results.

```
N = 1200;
Fs = 1000;
t = (0:N-1)/Fs;
sigma = 0.01;
rng('default')
s = chirp(t,100,1,300)+sigma*randn(size(t));
```

Verify that the power estimate given by `bandpower`

is equivalent to the definition.

pRMS = rms(s)^2

pRMS = 0.5003

powbp = bandpower(s,Fs,[0 Fs/2])

powbp = 0.5005

Use the `obw`

function to estimate the width of the frequency band that contains 99% of the power of the signal, the lower and upper bounds of the band, and the power in the band. The function also plots the spectrum estimate and annotates the occupied bandwidth.

obw(s,Fs);

[wd,lo,hi,power] = obw(s,Fs); powtot = power/0.99

powtot = 0.5003

A nonlinear power amplifier is given a 60 Hz sinusoid as input and outputs a noisy signal with third-order distortion. The signal is sampled at 3.6 kHz for 2 seconds.

Fs = 3600; t = 0:1/Fs:2-1/Fs; x = sin(2*pi*60*t); y = polyval(ones(1,4),x) + randn(size(x));

Because the amplifier introduces third-order distortion, the output signal is expected to have:

A

*fundamental*component with the same frequency as the input, 60 Hz.Two

*harmonics*— frequency components at twice and three times the frequency of the input, 120 and 180 Hz.

Use the `thd`

function to visualize the spectrum of the signal. Annotate the fundamental and the harmonics.

thd(y,Fs);

Use `bandpower`

to determine the power stored in the fundamental and the harmonics. Express each value as a percentage of the total power and in decibels. Display the values as a table.

pwrTot = bandpower(y,Fs,[0 Fs/2]); Harmonic = {'Fundamental';'First';'Second'}; Freqs = [60 120 180]'; Power = zeros([3 1]); for k = 1:3 Power(k) = bandpower(y,Fs,Freqs(k)+[-10 10]); end Percent = Power/pwrTot*100; inDB = pow2db(Power); T = table(Freqs,Power,Percent,inDB,'RowNames',Harmonic)

`T=`*3×4 table*
Freqs Power Percent inDB
_____ _______ _______ _______
Fundamental 60 1.5777 31.788 1.9804
First 120 0.13141 2.6476 -8.8137
Second 180 0.04672 0.9413 -13.305

## See Also

`bandpower`

| `pow2db`

| `pwelch`

| `snr`