If you see in php.ini something like:
extension=php_pdo_sqlite.dll zend_extension = php_xdebug-2.5.1-7.1-vc14.dll ;zend_extension_ts = php_xdebug-2.0.4.dll ;for PHP<=5.2
extension – it’s native PHP extension
zend_extension – it’s Zend extension for PHP(mainly using for profiling/debug).
Both extension kinds share lots of stuff. The difference between both types is mainly in hooks they register into the Engine.
Remember that, despite it is very uncommon, an extension can be both a PHP extension and a Zend extension at the same time. Xdebug is a good example.
zend_extension_ts – it’s old(for PHP <5.3) threads safe Zend extension (not actual)
Detailed scheme of loading extension and zend_extension:
More detailed info you can read here: https://wiki.php.net/internals/extensions