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Zephir is a high-level language designed to create PHP extensions easily by PHP programmers with no knowledge in C. Zephir does this by compiling directly to C and then the C program is in turn compiled to be run as a PHP extension. This, coupled with the fact that Zephir's syntax is very similar to PHP makes it a perfect way for PHP developers to use it for customizing Phalcon. See More
The Volt template engine, which is embedded into Phalcon itself takes it's inspiration from the Jinja template engine and as such it's nice to look at, with a clear and understandable syntax. Volt also compiles very fast, like Phalcon itself, so it avoids being a bottleneck for the framework's overall speed. See More