Since solidity has not float types, how does it computes products between "floating point numbers" and ints?

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The floating point value never enters the evm. Units such as ether and seconds are only for convenience, and will be converted away by the compiler.

For a simple test contract:

pragma solidity ^0.4.24;

contract Test {
    uint256 public etherValue;

    constructor() {
        etherValue = 0.1 ether;

We get the following (relevant) AST for the assignment:

    "attributes" : 
        "argumentTypes" : null,
        "hexvalue" : "302e31",
        "isConstant" : false,
        "isLValue" : false,
        "isPure" : true,
        "lValueRequested" : false,
        "subdenomination" : "ether",
        "token" : "number",
        "type" : "int_const 100000000000000000",
        "value" : "0.1"
    "id" : 7,
    "name" : "Literal",
    "src" : "103:9:0"

As you can see, 0.1 ether has been converted to 100000000000000000 (1 followed by 17 zeroes)

Finally, this produces the following EVM op codes:

PUSH 0x16345785D8A0000

0x16345785D8A0000 being the hex representation of 100000000000000000

Additionally, solidity internally does have rudimentary support for float values, although it isn't usable directly at the moment.

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    Thanks! So the compiler replaces the count with an integer. Aug 2, 2018 at 2:28

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