Among vendors, Intel kept its place at the top of the charts, enjoying an 81.1 percent share of the worldwide market for processor shipments. That left AMD with 18.7 percent and third-place Via Technologies with 0.2 percent.
By processor type, Intel captured 88 percent of the mobile PC processor market, leaving Advanced Micro Devices with 11.9 percent, and Via with the rest. For desktop CPUs, Intel's slice was smaller at 72.2 percent, while AMD grabbed a 27.4 percent chunk and Via held a 0.3 percent share.
Solid demand so far in the fourth quarter led IDC to raise its expectations for 2009. The firm is now eyeing more than 300 million shipments of processors for the year, a gain of 1.5 percent over 2008.