Documentation / "needs" API: is it only for singleton controllers?

Shall we assume that the “needs” API only works for singleton controllers? By that I mean if you use {{#each ... itemController=... }} or {{render ... modelX}} and “needs” the respective controller later it does not seem to work. On the other side, the doc does not state that it should only be used with singletons. So I was just hoping to get clarification on this.

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needs are looked up using container.lookup('controller:someName'), which will always return a singleton controller, when not called as container.lookup('controller:someName', {singleton: false}).

So yes, needs only works for singleton controllers.

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so how to need a specific controller instance by using needs? My case: