OWC has Introduction The new adapter allows you to build a 2.5-inch U.2 SSD using mainstream NVMe M.2 drives. The U2 ShuttleOne adapter maintains the main advantage of U.2 SSD for typical users, but its price is only a small part of the price of U.2 drives.
OWC U2 ShuttleOne It is essentially a 2.5 inch/15 mm metal box that can accommodate M.2-2280 SSD (one of The best solid state drive, Maybe? ). The adapter contains a fairly simple motherboard with an M.2-2280 slot, a power management IC (PMIC) and a set of capacitors for hot plugging.
This adapter essentially connects the drive to the SFF-8639 connector and supports all the speeds of the U.2 interface (ie, PCIe 4.0 x4 interface supports up to 8 GB/s).
U.2 SSDs are generally targeted for enterprise, mission-critical, and workstation applications, so they are very expensive compared to conventional M.2-2280 drives. Unlike the M.2 SSD used for client PCs, U.2 drives have higher durability, higher sustained performance, high capacity, better cooling, hot pluggability, and robustness.
But U.2 drives are not only used in data centers. Many creators (and other types of users) need to frequently transfer large files from one PC to another. They do not need enterprise-level durability or extreme capacity, but can appreciate all other features such as performance and robustness. U2 ShuttleOne is specifically designed for this type of user.
OWC’s U2 ShuttleOne is priced at $44.99. The price difference between M.2-2280 and U.2 SSD is much higher. At the same time, the U.2 ShuttleOne equipped with a 480GB SSD is priced at US$149.
U2 ShuttleOne can be plugged into any backplane that supports U.2, including workstations, servers, NAS or DAS with appropriate slots.