Intel seemed pleased with the figures despite the decline from 2008. "Intel's strong third-quarter results underscore that computing is essential to people's lives, proving the importance of technology innovation in leading an economic recovery," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini in a statement. Otellini said the company is confident in its business prospects going forward, and it is looking ahead to its "game-changing" 32nm technology.
During the second quarter, Intel accounted for 80.6% of global microprocessor revenue -- up 1.4% from a year ago. The company's presence will only increase as it elbows its way into the mobile market.