Dec 19, 2017: Idaho-based startup Rohinni, that has been developing micro-LED for keyboard backlighting and automotive lighting. The company is considering to use its products in a totally different segment, hence seeking more investments in 2018. Rohinni as of now has raised about US$ 15 million and is expecting a new funding boost of US$ 15-20 million in 2018.
The company has been granted 60 patents for its micro-LEDs, equipment, and manufacturing technologies by the US Patent Office. It uses patented robots to produce LEDs.
The company claimed that the microscopic LEDs they produced can be placed on almost any surface, and can be placed unpackaged in a small area, which will lead to less power consumption. The size of Rohinni’s LEDs is 250 microns long, 125 microns wide, and 80 microns tall.
Rohinni earlier wanted to use its micro-LEDs for keyboard backlight market, which the company felt will help it to stand out from other micro-LED companies. It has also partnereds with KoJa, a Taiwan-based keyboard membrane switch company, and formed a joint venture called Luumii to carry out its business plans in 2017.
In 2017, Rohinni signed two contracts, one of which will produce the backlight for a 13-inch display with 6,000 LEDs in it for a consumer electronics company. Rohinni is also collaborating with a major household-oriented company in automotive lighting.