Eric Jhonsa: CES Takeaway: As Internet of Things Grows, Chipmakers Stand to Benefit

There's a lot more to the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) these days than just well-known items such as smartwatches and thermostats, as this year's numerous CES IoT exhibits make clear.

Over the last few years, the consumer IoT market has evolved to a point where a long list of tech, consumer electronics and home appliance makers now offer extensive "smart home" product lines featuring things such as smart lights, thermostats, smoke detectors, cameras, doorbells and kitchen appliances. As a result, a lot of the innovation in the space is now coming from companies pursuing niche markets.

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