TAIPEI, Taiwan (

TheStreet

-- Electronics manufacturer

Foxconn

is building

Apple's

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eagerly anticipated

Tablet

device, according to a report on the

DigiTimes

Web site.

Citing unnamed market sources, DigiTimes says that Foxconn will deliver the

device

in the first quarter of 2010. Initial shipments will be in the 300,000 to 400,000 range, it added.

The Tablet is described as having a 10.6-inch display, and the sources speculated that these could come from Foxconn subsidiary

Innolux Display

. Citing its contacts, DigiTimes said that the Tablet will focus more on e-book features than music.

A manufacturing deal between Foxconn and Apple would not be completely out of the blue. Foxconn, which is the trade name of

Hon Hai Precision

, is already an Apple partner and is the world's largest contract manufacturer for cell phones and other electronic components.

The

Taiwan Economic News

Web site recently

reported

that a number Taiwanese firms are supplying components for the Tablet, and said that the device will debut in February 2010.

Futuristic

Tablet devices

, which are small, portable, computers have been generating plenty of

buzz

this year, and great things are expected from Apple's offering. Whether the Apple device emulates the success of the iPhone, however, remains to be

seen

.

Notable by its absence from Apple's recent

Keynote event

in San Francisco, the Tablet was one of the summer's most-discussed technologies. The blogosphere has been

rife

with rumors about

possible features

, although Apple, true to form, is playing its cards close to its chest.

Neither Apple nor Foxconn has yet responded to

TheStreet

's request for comment on this story.

Like Apple, Microsoft is also said to be

working

on a Tablet device; it is rumored that the software giant's

Courier

offering will

appear

in mid-2010.

Shares of Apple, which competes with

Hewlett-Packard

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and

Dell

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, closed up 24 cents, or 0.13%, to $190.25 Wednesday, as the Nasdaq rose 0.32%.

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York