The term Eb/N0 ("e bee over en zero") is used in digital communications as a measure of signal strength to estimate the bit error rate.
It is defined as the average energy per bit (Eb) relative to the spectral noise density (N0) and gives a basic measure how strong the signal is at the receivers input.
The definition assumes that inside the channels bandwidth B the Gaussian distributed noise energy can be calculated as N0 = k*T*B (may be additionally shaped by filters), where k is Boltzmann's constant and T is absolute temperature in Kelvin.
With the knowlegde of modulation and Eb/N0 one can estimate the available BER or vice versa calculate the RF power for a given data set of modulation, channel bandwidth, symbol rate, losses and wanted bit error rate. Eb/N0 gives also modulation choices for a channel depending on wether bandwidth (i.e. cable TV) or power (i.e. sat) is the limiting factor.
Relation to CNR
C/N = Eb/N0 * fb/B
fb : bit rate at receiver B : channel noise bandwidth
Relation to SNR
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Estimated BER vs Eb/N0 for a few modulations
TODO: add image BER(dB) vs Eb/N0(dB) for QPSK/BPSK/QAM/VSB.