Intel last week raised its guidance for third-quarter revenue, citing stronger-than-expected demand for microprocessors and chipsets.
Revenue is now expected to be US$8.8 billion to US$9.2 billion, compared to the previous guidance of US$8.1 billion to US$8.9 billion. Analysts had been expecting US$8.55 billion in revenue. The company also said it expects gross margins to be in the upper half of the previous range of 51 percent to 55 percent.
The news comes on the heels of Dell's better-than-expected earnings report Thursday. The company said there were signs of stabilization in the quarter and that it expected "seasonal demand improvements" but still pointed to 2010 before it sees a refresh cycle from the enterprise.
Shares of Intel were on the rise, up more than 5 percent in early trading.
The company is scheduled to report its third-quarter results on Oct. 13.
This article was first published as a blog post on ZDNet.